MLB Picks and Parlays: Boston and the Yankees Meet Up Friday in New York
In the last series of the regular season between these arch rivals, first blood went to the New York Yankees in a 6-2 victory. CC Sabathia did what he’s done all year for New York and that is dominate Boston. He’s now 4-0 this year against them with a 1.04 ERA in 26 innings of work.
Gary Sanchez is having an August reminiscent of his breakout campaign last year. He led the way with a homerun and two RBIs. He’s up to 12 homeruns and 26 RBIs in 28 games for the month. For comparison’s sake, last August he hit 11 homers and tacked on 21 RBIs.
Boston Red Sox took a brief 1-0 lead in the third inning, before Sanchez tied it up in the bottom half. Sanchez then drove home the next run in the fifth and the Yankees continued to pile it on with four more in the sixth and seven to run away with the win.
The lead in the AL East is now down to 4.5 games for Boston over New York. The Yankees are a game up on Minnesota for the top wildcard spot and 2.5 games ahead of the Angels.
Boston’s had a bit of a rough go of it after a dominant six weeks helped propel them to a comfortable division lead. They’re just 6-7 in their last 13 games
Of greater concern is that their reliable pitching staff has run into issues in those games as they’ve allowed 53 runs in those seven losses which averages out to 7.57 RPG. They’ve only allowed less than five runs in two of those games.
New York is also 6-7 in their last 13 games. They were swept by the Indians this week before getting this much needed win.
Doug Fister (3-7, 4.53 ERA) has been pitching much better since the All-Star break. He had a 6.75 ERA on July 15th. In six starts and two relief appearance since then his ERA has been 3.23. His two best starts have been his last two. He pitched a complete game against the Indians two starts ago, allowing one run in a 9-1 win. Last time out he gave up two runs in seven innings in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore.
Sonny Gray (8-8, 3.26) has not got a lot of run support in his first month with the Yankees, but his ERA in five starts was 2.70. He did not allow more than two earned runs in any of the five games he pitched, but the team lost three of those games. He gave up one run in seven innings in a 6-3 win over Seattle last time out.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games
Boston is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Boston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- NY Yankees is 15-6 ATS in its last 21 games when playing Boston
NY Yankees is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games when playing Boston