After a 2-5 homestand, the Red Sox return to the Bronx for the first of four against the first-place Yankees on Friday night.
Coming into the weekend winless against the Yankees thus far, the Sox will send Colten Brewer to the hill for his first career major-league start in the series opener.
New York, meanwhile, will be sending $324 million man Gerrit Cole to the mound in what will be the right-hander’s first start against the Red Sox while donning pinstripes.
Through his first four outings of the season, the 29-year-old hurler is 3-0 with a 3.22 ERA and .677 OPS against over 22 1/3 total innings pitched. The Yankees are 4-0 in Cole’s four starts.
As for Brewer, who has been one of the more effective relievers out of the Red Sox bullpen to this point, the 27-year-old will be making his first professional start since June 15, 2016, when he was pitching for High-A Bradenton out of the Pirates organization.
Here is how the Sox will be lining up behind Brewer and against Cole to begin things on Friday:
As expected, Xander Bogaerts is back in the lineup after getting Thursday off due to “lower half fatigue” while Jonathan Arauz is starting at second base over Jose Peraza due to the fact the 26-year-old took a 105 mph comebacker off his right knee while pitching in the ninth inning of a blowout loss against the Rays less than 24 hours ago.
Among these nine hitters, Bogaerts, Mitch Moreland, and J.D. Martinez have all taken Cole deep before in their careers.
In terms of who has seen the Yankees ace best, Christian Vazquez is a lifetime 3-for-5 (.600) hitter off Cole.
First pitch Friday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. eastern time on NESN and WEEI. Red Sox looking to snap a four-game skid against another tough divisional opponent.