FanGraphs Live! Friday: MLB The Show Red Sox at Yankees, 2 PM ET

In this week’s MLB The Show 20 stream, featuring Paul Sporer, Ben Clemens, and Dan Szymborski, the Red Sox head to New York to start a three-game series against the Yankees.

Mookie Betts was a huge real-life loss for Boston, but the PlayStation Sox have surprised and spent most of April at the top of American League East. Boston (22-17) is currently just three games behind the first-place Yankees thanks to the digital good health of Chris Sale (5-1, 2.44 ERA, 2.1 WAR) and Collin McHugh (3-0, 2.97 ERA, 1.0 WAR). Alex Verdugo has struggled at times as the de factor replacement for Betts and currently has a .636 OPS, but Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez rank first and sixth in the American League in WAR, respectively.

The Red Sox have benefitted from a healthy Chris Sale, but the Yankees have also lucked out in this alternate reality, with Luis Severino having avoided Tommy John surgery. The Yankees are cruising on an eight-game winning streak after sweeping the Tigers, Blue Jays, and Pirates. In the rotation, only Jordan Montgomery has an ERA above four and the Yankees offense leads baseball in runs (214), home runs (68), batting average (.296), and slugging percentage (.507). Gio Urshela has continued where he left off in 2019 and is currently tied with Aaron Judge for the team lead in home runs (10).

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