The great American classic is back, and the season has started much differently than most expected. There were supposed to be fairy tale beginnings with the Yankees having lost a couple, and the Sox in tow with a couple of more losses, or even a couple of more wins than their pinstriped counterpart to the south. None of this was meant to be, instead of greatness, we have injuries, pitching faux pas, hitting debacles and rotation concerns. What’s happening in mid-April, is not supposed to happen until early August or even early September.
Game: Boston Red Sox (6-11, RL 3-14) at New York Yankees (6-9, RL 7-8)
When: 6:35 PM ET, Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Current Line: Yankees -102 Total: 8.5
TV Coverage: MLB Network, NESN, WPIX
Probable Pitchers: Chris Sale (0-3, 9.00 ERA) vs. James Paxton (1-2, 6.00 ERA)
The fans are supposed to be talking about a possible 100 win season, at the least a 90-win season, and most definitely a solid playoff run. Quite the opposite. These two have never looked worse. They are both struggling with losing records and they look worse than their bad records indicate.
TEAM BA R H HR OBP SLG ERA WHIP BB K OBA NIGHT TURF
BOS .236 74 134 17 .311 .383 5.93 1.50 65 147 .268 4-5 6-11
NYY .252 73 123 26 .340 .450 4.04 1.34 53 142 .243 2-5 6-9
The Yankees are hitting better across the board with exception to runs and hits, although runs are separated by one, (73, and 74). The Bombers are coming in with 26 homers against just 17 for the BoSox and leading the way with an ERA of 4.04, against 5.93 for the Red Sox. As a matter of fact, both teams come in with very similar numbers.
With these two, anything can happen and that’s the fun with a Red Sox vs. Yankees matchup. The Red Sox have been downright brutal and opened the season losing 3 of 4 in Seattle, losing 3 of 4 in Oakland, losing 2 of 3 in Arizona, splitting in a 2-game set to open the season in Fenway, and finally, splitting with Baltimore in a 4-game set. They have not won a series to date and 9 of their games came against teams with losing records, not accounting for the 4-game set against Oakland.
The Yankees have very little bragging rights themselves as they come in having lost 5 of the last 6 games, which included a 3-game set vs. the White Sox. They did manage a 3-game sweep of the Orioles, and took 2 of 3 from Detroit, however, they lost 2 of 3 against those same-sorry Orioles, to open the season at Yankee Stadium.
Both teams are bad, and both are a pitching nightmare. Chris Sale takes the mound for the Red Sox with an 0-3 record, 9.00 ERA in 13 IP, going against the off-season acquisition in James Paxton, (1-2 record, 6.00 ERA, 15.00 IP). Sale has given up 16 hits, 4 walks, and 4 home runs. Paxton has allowed 20 hits, 6 walks, and 3 home runs.
This one should be an all-out slug fest.
MLB Free Pick: Red Sox at Yankees Over 8.5
Pick by Brad