Red Sox - Yankees -Henry Owens / Masahiro Tanaka
Left-hander Henry Owens, who turned 23 a couple of weeks ago, will make his major league debut tonight in the Bronx. In 21 games with Pawtucket, Owens has a 3.16 ERA, with an opponents batting average of .193.
Profiles as a solid number three starter with a chance for more if he continues to refine his command and curveball. Development of curveball is key; relies heavily on fastball/changeup combination. Advanced feel for pitching. Will be able to withstand the rigors of starting at the big league level. Although somewhat goofy off the field, is able to flip the switch, and possesses a mature demeanor on mound. Floor of a back-end starter.Jere pointed out in Sunday's game thread that a NESN ad for this series described Yankee Stadium as a "house of pain". The third stadium to be dubbed "Yankee Stadium" opened in 2009 and in the six-plus seasons since then, the Red Sox have a 31-29 record. Yes, Boston has a winning record in this supposed "house of pain". NESN: Where we never let the facts get in the way of using a dumb cliche!