MLB Picks and Parlays: Yankees and Red Sox Continue Battling in Boston
The New York Yankees came into Friday night’s game with Boston winners of four straight games. But when your opponent is a Mets team that recently traded away two of their best offensive players in Jay Bruce and Neil Walker it’s hard to know what to make of those wins. That’s especially true because each of the victories was by two runs or less against a team that the Yankees should be able to beat handily.
Well, on Friday Boston and New York played one very entertaining game that came down to a lot of late inning hitting against two teams that pride themselves on their bullpens.
Boston Red Sox took a 3-0 lead at the end of five innings on a Rafael Devers homer in the second and a Christian Vazquez homer in the fifth. But cue the comeback as the Yankees got on the board in the sixth with a two-run homer from Todd Frazier and a four run seventh.
Gary Sanchez continued his home run hitting surge with his 23rd to tie the game. Ronald Torreyes hit a two-run single to power New York into the lead and Aaron Hicks was hit by a pitch to complete the scoring.
But Boston didn’t even blink twice as they put four on the board in the home half of the inning. A Mookie Betts sacrifice and Andrew Benintendi single made it a 6-5 deficit and Mitch Moreland had a two-out two-run single to give the Red Sox a 7-6 lead.
Aroldis Chapman continued his recent struggles as he allowed two runs to come home in the eighth, for a 9-6 Red Sox decision. Chapman has now given up seven runs in his last four appearances and two runs in each of his last three games. That’s the first time he’s ever allowed multiple runs in three straight appearances.
The Red Sox now lead the AL East by five games.
CC Sabathia (9-5, 4.05 ERA) has struggled in his last three starts, allowing 12 runs in 13.1 innings. Last time out he gave up four runs in three innings to the Blue Jays in a 4-2 loss. The Yankees have lost his last two games.
Chris Sale (14-4, 2.51 ERA) has been the best pitcher in the American League this year and has been lights out in five of his last six starts since the All-Star break. In those five games he’s allowed one run in 35.2 innings to along with 58 strikeouts and 16 hits allowed. The one outlier was in the 12-10 win over the Indians earlier this month where he gave up seven runs in five innings in what was one of the games of the year. Boston has won his last five starts.
- NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
NY Yankees are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston
- Boston is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Boston’s last 23 games at home
Boston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Cash It In: The Red Sox are -255 favorites and the Yankees are +233 underdogs. Sabathia is going to need to pitch like he did earlier this season to give New York a fighting chance. Sale against a Yankees offense that’s had a hard time of late scoring runs is going to be awfully tough to beat and I think he’ll get the job done. Red Sox 5-1.