As the MLB season nears its midseason break, the (53-27) New York Yankees and (56-28) Boston Red Sox do battle one more time at Yankee Stadium today to kick off July (8:05 PM ET Sunday).
Both teams have been playing fantastically almost all season and as a result the longstanding rivalry between the two clubs has been as hot as it’s been in years. Entering into Sunday’s series finale, of which each team has won a game apiece, the Red Sox and Yankees are two of the top three teams in all of baseball. Boston is the best team in MLB and New York, just one game behind them in the AL East standings, rank third among all teams. The Houston Astros are second.
The Yankees and Red Sox had their first regular season meeting back in early April as the two teams met at Boston’s Fenway Park. The Red Sox won two of three but it was New York who managed to break Boston’s nine game winning streak which they had almost opened the season with. In May, just a month or so later, the Red Sox headed to Yankee Stadium for the first time in 2018 and this time it was New York that took the series 2-1. This meant the season series was tied at 3-3 with the home team winning four of the six total games.
Game One Recap: NYY 8 BOS 1
The Yankees sent the 37-year-old veteran CC Sabathia to the mound in game one and he was out for revenge. Sabathia pitched against the Red Sox during the May series, lasting just a season-low four innings. He gave up nine hits and four runs. Sabathia struggled in the month of May, posting an ERA of 5.92 compared to 1.69 in April and 1.80 in March. So far in June, Sabathia has continued to pitch well, posting an ERA of 1.93. This includes his most recent performance against Boston in which he lasted seven innings and gave up just the one run.
Taking the loss for the Red Sox was the 25-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez, now in his third season. Rodriguez is 9-3 on the season with an ERA of 4.11 and 94 strikeouts. Even good pitchers have bad days and Friday was a bad day for the Red Sox hurler. Rodriguez lasted six innings and surrendered five runs, which is tied for his season high. He also gave up two home runs, which was half of his total for the entire month.
The Red Sox took the early lead in the second and then broke things open with a four-run fourth inning. Overall, MLB’s leading power hitting team managed to slug four home runs, two of which came off the bat of Greg Bird. Aaron Judge hit his 21st home run of the season, which ranks him fourth in the AL in that category. Boston’s bats were widely quiet. The league’s top hitting team (four players are batting over .300), the Red Sox only managed six hits in 32 at bats. The Yankees on the other hand, had 11 hits in the same number of at bats.
Game Two Recap: BOS 11 NYY 0
Winning game one allowed the Yankees to briefly take back the AL East lead but it was short-lived as Boston came back on fire in game two. With Chris Sale, the Yankee killer, on the mound, the Red Sox showed every bit of why they are the best team in baseball. Boston took a 6-0 lead after two innings and built on that with runs scored in each of the 6th-9th innings as well. Mookie Betts, who is having a phenomenal year with a strong MVP case to go with it, went 2-for-4 to boost his second best batting average to .341. J.D. Martinez, who is hitting .327 in his own right, went 3-for-4 with three RBI. But the real star of the night was Rafael Devers, who went a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate with three runs and four RBI. Sale meanwhile was brilliant, pitching seven perfect innings surrendering just two hits and striking out 11.
Sonny Gray took the loss for New York as he went just 2.1 innings and gave up six runs. He struck out none but walked two. Offensively, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleybar Torres scored the only runs of the game for New York.
Game Three Preview: (BOS) David Price vs (NYY) Luis Severino
These two teams may have saved their best for last as on paper, Sunday’s matchup is a real pitching duel between two of the AL’s top pitchers.
For Boston, David Price heads to the mound looking to make his first real start against his top rival this season. Price lasted just one inning and gave up four runs in his last time out against the Yankees, needing to be pulled because of sudden numbness in his throwing hand. Entering into this game, Price has been at his best. He finished the month of June with a 2.90 ERA and 4-1 record.
He will be opposed by the AL’s winningest pitcher in Luis Severino, who enters this game with a 12-2 record. Severino, who has a shot at the AL Cy Young, also leads the league with his 2.10 ERA and is top six in all other categories including WHIP, winning percentage, strikeouts and innings pitched. The 24-year-old had his worst month of the season in April where he finished with a 3.06 ERA, which is telling of just how good he has been during the rest of the season. Severino had just a 1.60 ERA in June where in addition to giving up just six runs, he struck out 40 while walking just five batters. He has only walked 26 on the season compared to 132 strikeouts.
That all being said, Severino’s worst start of the season came against the Red Sox, where he gave up five runs and eight hits, both of which were season highs. His second start against Boston was much better- six innings of just two run ball and 11 strikeouts, which was a season best.
Our Preview’s Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Picks & Game 3 Predictions
Right now, both the Yankees and the Red Sox are rolling and with two aces on the mound, this could be quite the pitching duel. However, these are also two of MLB’s top offenses and from the scores in the first two games, this could be another slugfest. Either way, look for New York to continue the pattern of the home team winning each series in which these two have met in so far.
The Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees game three predictions for this preview are:
- The first of the picks is to take the Yankees to cover the 1.5 runline they are favored by with the top online betting sites for the United States of America. The current best betting odds for this option is NYY -1.5 @ +110 with either 5Dimes or Intertops.
- As for the total runs scored, go for under eight @ best betting odds of -105 with Bovada or 5Dimes.
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