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Yankees After Sweep vs. Bosox

Updated: .July 17, 2017

By Charles Jay

The New York Yankees are in a dogfight at the moment, not just for the American League East lead but also for wild-card spot in the junior circuit. They have already emerged victorious in Game 1 of their day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox, and they will go for the sweep at Fenway Park on Sunday night, beginning at 8:05 PM ET. ESPN will televise the game live, and while it is happening, customers at America’s Bookie can avail themselves of two different “Live Betting” options in their sportsbook interface.

Making the start for the Yankees is Masahiro Tanaka, who has gone through some awful stretches this season but recently turned in some good starts. He is 7-8 with a 5.47 earned run average. The Red Sox will counter with David Price, former Cy Young winner who has overcome a shaky start to put in some good efforts, but was banged around pretty good by the Yankees in his previous encounter with them.

In the baseball betting odds posted on this game, the Red Sox are favored at home:

Boston Red Sox (Price) -140
New York Yankees (Tanaka) +120

Over 9 Runs -115
Under 9 Runs -105

Tanaka had a period where he went through 21 innings and gave up only three runs, but then he was tagged pretty good by the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, giving up five runs before exiting with one out in the fifth inning. Two members of the Brewers hit the ball out of the park, bringing Tanaka’s total to 23 for the season in just 102 innings. That’s more than two homers for every nine innings pitched, and that is unacceptable.

The Yankees have been through some choppy bullpen experiences lately. Tyler Clifford has had a difficult time getting people out, and manager Joe Girardi announced that he was being pulled from seventh-inning duty. Still, he pitched the seventh-inning in Sunday’s first game, which the Yankees won 3-0 behind some very solid pitching by CC Sabathia, who gave up only two hits over six innings. Aroldis Chapman, who blew a lead for the Yanks on Friday night, has allowed 23 batters to reach base over his last 11 1/3 innings. He has averaged more than 14 strikeouts per nine innings, but is WHIP ratio is 1.48, and his BABIP of .415 is absolutely bloated, when compared to his .291 career average. Some people are bringing up possible health issues, and that might still be a legitimate question which the Yankees have to address before the stretch run.

Price has always been known for his control, but issued 14 walks in his first 28 innings of work this season, after coming off the disabled list. But over his last 25 frames he’s walked only five batters. It looks as if he’s in good enough form to rebound from his last effort against the Yankees, in which he gave up six runs in five innings. However, the Bronx Bombers have lately been a thorn in his side, as he has gone just 0-4 with an 8.46 ERA in his last five starts against them. And some members of the Yankee batting order have really feasted on him – Jacoby Ellsbury, the former Boston outfielder, is hitting .366 lifetime against him; Chase Headley is at .333, Didi Gregorius is a .500 hitter against Price, and Gary Sanchez is absolutely owned him. In just seven career at-bats against the left-hander, he has four hits, all home runs.

On the negative side, Aaron Judge has gone just 1-14 since winning the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break. Maybe he’s “due.” These bullpens have been worn out, especially considering there was a 16-inning game on Saturday night in which fourteen different relief pitchers were used. We’re going OVER the total in this one, as the Charles Jay/America’s Bookie Challenge continues on Sunday night.

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