Justin Masterson

Friday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: Justin Masterson vs. CC Sabathia

May 01, 2015 - 4:11 am

As April comes to an end and May enters the city of Boston, so too do the Yankees. Opening the series with a Friday evening game, Justin Masterson (2-0, 5.16 ERA) will take the mound for Red Sox while Yankees right-hander CC Sabathia (0-4, 5.96) gets his first look at Boston this year. The story for the Red Sox rotation in the month of April was its struggles to turn out quality starts for the team and last longer in games. The starters have been inconsistent, garnering a league-worst 5.75 rotation ERA. "It's been every other start," manager John Farrell said after his team's loss Tuesday. "There's been quality starts in between outings, where they've been less than [needed], such as tonight. We've been victimized by the big inning, and we've got to find a way to minimize the damage inside those situations." Red Sox starters have registered 119 innings pitched over the course of the season, seventh fewest in the league. Sox relievers have logged 82 2/3 innings. Only Rangers relievers have pitched more with 83 1/3 innings. Masterson's last outing was a seven-inning stint against the Orioles on Saturday in which he allowed three earned runs on seven hits. The righty kept his team in the game, but the Red Sox were only able to cross the plate twice with their starter on the hill. They managed to tie the score in the top of the ninth and went ahead in the 10th, 4-3, but closer Koji Uehara surrendered a two-run, walkoff homer to David Lough for the loss. Masterson has nine starts against the Yankees in his career and 13 total appearances. In 59 1/3 innings pitched, he has a 3.94 ERA with a 1.433 WHIP. Of the 63 hits he's given up to New York, eight have been for extra bases, and he is averaging 6.8 strikeouts per nine innings. New York is hitting at a .269/.337/.321 clip when facing him. Sabathia is no stranger to seeing the Red Sox, and Fenway Park certainly isn't an unfamiliar venue for him. The lefty has 29 career starts against Boston, 14 of which have been in the shadow of the Green Monster. Sabathia has a 4.68 ERA in 188 1/3 innings and owns an 11-12 record facing his team's biggest rival. Red Sox batters have a .264/.326/.429 slash line vs. him, and roughly 36.6 percent of the hits he's allowed have gone for extra bases. Sabathia has racked up 8.3 strikeouts per nine to go along with a 3.05 strikeouts-to-walk ratio and has also posted a 1.317 WHIP against the Sox. At Fenway, Sabathia has a 5.30 ERA in 86 2/3 innings while that opponent slash line gets bumped up to .304/.372/.488. That's the highest batting average he has allowed in an individual ballpark among teams he faced more than twice. So far this season, the Yankees southpaw is winless in four starts, losing each one. With 25 2/3 innings under his belt, Sabathia has a 5.96 ERA and has given up 17 earned runs, striking out 22 in the process. His latest start, a loss to the Mets on Saturday, saw him go just five innings and give up seven runs on nine hits. He has a 1.364 WHIP on the year and is averaging 7.7 strikeouts per nine. Yankees vs. Masterson (RHP) Brett Gardner (23 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.261 OBP/.250 SLG, 5 RBIs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts Mark Teixeira (22): .118/.227/.294, 1 home run, 6 RBIs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Jacoby Ellsbury (19): .222/.263/.222, 4 strikeouts Alex Rodriguez (15): .250/.400/.250, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Stephen Drew (14): .083/.214/.083, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Garrett Jones (12): .182/.250/.182, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Brian McCann (6): .667/.667/.833 1 double Carlos Beltran (4): .500/.500/1.250, 1 home run, 1 RBI Didi Gregorius (3): .333/.333/.333 Chris Young (3): .000/.000/.000 Nathan Eovaldi (1): .000/.000/.000 Red Sox vs. Sabathia (LHP) David Ortiz (72 plate appearances): .234 AVG/.306 OBP/.375 SLG, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs, 5 walks, 16 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (65): .271/.338/.322, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 5 walks, 15 strikeouts Mike Napoli (40): .257/.350/.486, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, 4 walks, 10 strikeouts Daniel Nava (16): .167/.214/.417, 1 home run, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts Ryan Hanigan (11): .273/.273/.545, 1 home run, 1 RBI, 2 strikeouts Xander Bogaerts (9): .143/.333/.143, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Hanley Ramirez (1): .000/.000/.000 Pablo Sandoval has one walk in three plate appearances vs. Sabathia. Brock Holt has a walk and a strikeout in three PA.