The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will meet in the American League Wild Card Game in 2021.
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will face off in the 2021 AL Wild Card Game, which will kick off the MLB postseason on the proper foot.
Both Boston and New York had identical 92-70 regular-season records. The Red Sox won the tiebreaker to host the Wild Card Game, which is a win-or-go-home affair. The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and the Red Sox’ Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound in this game. In a best-of-five American League Division Series, the winner from Tuesday night will meet the top-seeded AL East foe Tampa Bay Rays.
Here’s how I think the latest matchup between the Yankees and the Red Sox will play out.
Yankees vs. Red Sox: Prediction for 2021 AL Wild Card Game
Despite the fact that Cole has been the superior pitcher of the two this season, he will have difficulties early in the game, as the Red Sox will plate three batters before the first ball is thrown. New York will score two runs before Eovaldi leaves the game, but the Red Sox will score another run off Cole before Aaron Boone pulls him from the game prematurely.
The Red Sox bullpen will have an inning to forget in the eighth inning, as they are still up two runs. Giancarlo Stanton will come to the plate after a leadoff walk and a two-out single three batters later. Alex Cora commits the blunder of pitching to him rather than walking the bases loaded because he had struck out in all of his prior at-bats. Bucky Dent will come to mind when you hear this.
The Yankees take a 5-4 lead into the ninth inning when Stanton smacks a hanging breaking ball high over the Green Monster. The Yankees bullpen pitches beautifully to record the final six outs after Stanton’s moonshot to win the game and progress to the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays, despite not getting an insurance run in the final period.