It’s raining in NYC but they’ll try to play and if they do, here are the lineups:
RED SOX (19-20)
Pitching: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 7.46)/
Pitching: LHP CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.71).
Game time: 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN, ESPN/WRKO, WCBS
State of the Sox: State of panic? State of confusion? State of disbelief? Take your choice. After seemingly righting the ship, the Sox have lost three straight and four of their last five to fall to two games under .500 and a whopping 8.5 games out of first place. To put that in some perspective, only the Orioles, Royals and Astros are further behind in their respective divisions than are the Red Sox.
Bad against the best: The Sox are are 2-9 against Tampa and New York and 10 of those games were played at Fenway.
Pinstripe paranoia: The Red Sox are 3-14 in their last 17 games against the Yankees, getting outscored by 42 runs.
Bronx bummer: The Sox have lost eight straight games in the Bronx against the Yankees, the longest such streak since the end of the 1960 season and the start of the ’61 campaign. “They need run prevention,” President Eisenhower said back then.
Try, try again: Beckett missed his last start because of a sore back. He has allowed 10 earned runs in 14 innings against the Yankees this season. His last start (on May 7) at Fenway featured nine runs on nine hits, three walks and to hit batters.
Beckett had a sixth-inning meltdown in the game and appeared to be throwing at some of the Yankees, which led to their players yelling at him from the top step of the dugout. That situation will be something to keep an eye on tonight.
Some good stuff: Drew is 24 of his last 60 with four homers and 16 RBI over 16 games. … Youkilis has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games. … Ortiz is 16 of 46 in May (.348) with six homers and 14 RBI.
Some bad stuff: Jeremy Hermida is 1 of his last 14. … The Sox have allowed an average of 5.43 run a game, fourth-worst in baseball.
Some Yankee stuff: Sabathia is 5-5, 3.34 in 13 career starts against the Sox. He has a 7.20 ERA in two starts against them this season. … Posada and Teixeira each need one home run to get to 250 in their careers. … The Yankees are 13-3 at home this season and counting the postseason have won 51 of their last 63 games at home.
On the iPod right now: My Old Friend by John Hiatt.
Back with much more later on.