By Tyler Englander 09/28/2018
The Red Sox open up a three-game series against the Yankees Friday night at Fenway Park, wrapping up the regular season.
Both teams are playoff bound with the Red Sox winning the AL East and the Yankees securing one of the AL Wild Card spots. The series doesn’t mean anything to the Red Sox, but there is still something on the line for the Yankees. They currently have a 2-game lead over Oakland A’s for home field in the one-game wild card playoff. The opening game of the series will feature a battle of lefties. J.A. Happ goes for the Yankees and will be opposed by Brian Johnson. Johnson has pitched mostly out of the bullpen this season and needs to pitch well to ensure a spot on the playoff roster. Saturday it will be Lance Lynn against Nathan Eovaldi, and Sunday Luis Severino toes the rubber against Rick Porcello.
Looking ahead, the Red Sox will have a few days off before beginning the postseason Friday, October 5th at Fenway. Chris Sale is expected to start Game One followed by David Price in Game Two. The Sox will play the winner of Wednesday’s AL Wild Card Game between the A’s and Yankees.