Yankees ace Gerrit Cole takes the bump against the Red Sox.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole takes the bump against the Red Sox.@yankees on Twitter

MLB Friday Stat Tips: Red Sox vs Yankees with Nathan Eovaldi facing Gerrit Cole on opening day

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees, 1:05 pm EDT

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Red Sox Insights:

  1. Nathan Eovaldi has a reverse platoon split and will be disadvantaged facing 7 same-handed hitters in this game.

  2. Christian Arroyo is an extreme ground ball hitter and faces New York's #17-ranked infield defense in this matchup.

  3. Jackie Bradley Jr. hits a lot of his fly balls to center field (39.4% — 93rd percentile) and faces MLB's 4th-deepest CF fences today.

Yankees Insights:

  1. Gerrit Cole's 97 mph fastball velocity since the start of last season ranks in the 99th percentile among starters.

  2. Joey Gallo's 19.4% Barrel % grades out in the 98th percentile since the start of last season.

  3. Projected catcher Kyle Higashioka projects as an elite pitch framer, per THE BAT projection system.

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