The Boston Red Sox don’t have much hope of catching the New York Yankees in the American League East down the stretch, but they have their eyes set on a wild card berth. The Yankees could help make that road tougher if they can at least split a four-game series with the Red Sox this weekend.
New York has been the superior team all season but is on the road. Boston has plenty of talent itself so this series could go either way. Keep an eye out on the odds as it will be telling how the oddsmakers forecast these games, showing whether they believe there is a gulf between these teams or not.
This MLB series between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will be held at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts from Thursday, July 25th through Sunday, July 28th, 2019. The first two games will be nationally televised on MLB Network. The Saturday game will be held on FS1. The Sunday matchup will be shown on ESPN.
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The Yankees have a record of 64-35 on the year. New York has lost two in a row but is still 6-4 in its past 10 games. New York has gone 26-18 on the road this season and would love to at least split this series with the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 55-46 on the year. Boston has actually not done well at all at home on the season with a mark one game below .500 through 49 games. The Red Sox need to play better at Fenway in order to make the postseason and have a chance at defending their world championship.
The Thursday game is expected to feature Yankees veteran right-hander Masahiro Tanaka against Boston’s Rick Porcello. Tanaka has a 7-5 record with a 4.00 ERA on the year. Porcello has struggled this year with a 8-7 mark and a 5.61 ERA.
On Friday, New York is scheduled to send left-hander James Paxton to the hill against new Boston starter Andrew Cashner. Paxton is 5-5 with a 4.20 ERA but has more talent than his numbers would suggest. Cashner is 9-5 with a 4.19 ERA this season. He has lost his first two starts since being acquired by the Red Sox.
The Saturday matchup is projected to pit the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia against Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez. Both are left-handers who can get the job done. Sabathia is craftier now that he is 39 years old while Rodriguez relies on pure stuff.
The final game of the series should be a fun one as the Yankees will send young right-hander Domingo German to the hill against Red Sox ace Chris Sale. German is 12-2 with a 3.38 ERA this year and would love to outduel Boston’s star. Sale is just 4-9 with a 4.09 ERA on the season but he still has dominant peripheral numbers and should see his ERA plummet in the coming weeks.
575. That’s how many runs scored the Red Sox have totaled on the season, which is the most in Major League Baseball. Boston needs its pitching to get better but there is no doubting the offense. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez have two of the most potent bats in the major leagues while Boston has talent up and down the lineup.
This is the group that won the World Series a season ago and it is looking to get after the Yankees in this series.
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The Yankees have been the superior team on the season but the Red Sox are not as inferior as the records would suggest. Boston has been inconsistent on the year but has the type of matchups that could result in a series victory. The Red Sox will finally break out at home and will pick up some ground on the Yankees with a good series.
MLB Pick: Boston Red Sox win three of four games against the New York Yankees
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