FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: The biggest issue with the league’s domestic violence policy is that it is essentially a black box; it is based on the precedent on non-domestic violence suspensions, so the guilty party has a hand in negotiating the sentence and then setting a future precedent for others. It’s pretty much the only place where the MLBPA has more leverage in defending players, which is weird and disturbing.
The Ringer | Rodger Sherman: Do the Yankees have a chance against Boston? Does Boston have a chance against the Yankees? It’s tongue in cheek, but Sherman argues that you shouldn’t count out a team with the largest players, like Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Dellin Betances.
The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Here are some stats to watch for Yankees/Red Sox: 68% of groundballs to the left side of the Boston infield for outs, just ahead of the Yankees. The Red Sox also have a pretty high bullpen ERA, and Chris Sale’s 90.2 mph fastball velocity should also be monitored.