MLB Picks and Parlays: New York Yankees and Boston Start a Four-game Series Thursday
If it seems to you that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox seem to be playing each other every other week, you’re not mistaken. This weekend’s four-game set marks the third time they’ve face each other in the last three weeks.
New York is hoping for a different result this time around after they dropped four of the six games they’ve played so far.
Boston is thanking their lucky stars for their series this week against Toronto as it helped them to snap a four-game losing streak. Boston’s schedule has been particularly tough of late, playing Tampa-Yankees-Cleveland-St Louis-Yankees-Cleveland-Baltimore-Toronto since August 8th. Each of those teams except for the Blue Jays is either in or very close to being a playoff team.
They are 12-8 against those teams heading into Wednesday’s games and that’s a pretty solid return for such a difficult schedule.
New York over the same stretch has had a somewhat easier schedule with games against Toronto-Boston-Mets-Boston-Detroit-Seattle-Cleveland. Their record over that period stands at 11-8. But against the teams competing for the playoffs, Boston, Seattle and Cleveland their record is 4-6 heading into Wednesday’s games.
Boston’s offense which had been up and down all season has been mostly up this month as they get huge contributions from the newcomers, Christian Vazquez (.400-3-6), Eduardo Nunez (.302-5-17) and Rafael Devers (.250-6-13). But they have slowed down of late with 19 runs scored over their last six games (3.17 RPG).
The Yankees have been on the reverse course this month. Their offense has really struggled after being one of the top teams in the league for most of the season. But they’ve scored 48 runs in their last seven games (6.86 RPG). Jacoby Ellsbury (.353-1-6) has woken up in the last week after an extended cold streak. Gary Sanchez (.269-2-6) and Chase Headley with six RBIs have all helped to lead the offense.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4, 4.19 ERA) was having a strong sophomore season before getting injured at the start of June. Since coming back on July 17th he has a 5.08 ERA in eight starts. His best of the bunch though was in a 5-4 loss to the Yankees on August 11th where he fired six shutout innings.
CC Sabathia (10-5, 3.82 ERA) is looking sharp again as he’s allowed three runs in 13 innings in his last two starts against Seattle and Boston. The Yankees lost the last one though, 2-1. He’s had an excellent bounce back season. His last start against Boston he beat Chris Sale and company 4-3.
- Boston is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
Boston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games
- NY Yankees is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
NY Yankees is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
NY Yankees is 14-6 ATS in its last 20 games when playing Boston
Cash It In: New York are -125 favorites, Boston +105 underdogs. Cash It In: It is never a good idea to count out Sabathia in the biggest moments. That pedigree along with the Yankees a strong home team all year makes them the pick. Yankees 6-4.