MLB Picks and Parlays: Boston and the Yankees Complete Their Four-Game Series on Sunday Night Baseball
The New York Yankees have taken two of three against Boston Red Sox to open up their four-game series and the two aces will go head to head in the final game.
The loser in each of the first three games has scored no more than two runs as each of the games have lacked some of the late inning drama that we’ve grown accustomed to when these two teams meet.
On Saturday the Yankees emerged with a 5-1 win. Masahiro Tanaka and Drew Pomeranz matched each other well until New York broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Holliday did the deed hitting a three-run homer to break the game open.
That’s the same Holliday who missed the past month and was a shell of himself in July before he was lost to injury, hitting just .130 in 17 games.
The Yankees now trail Boston by 4.5 games for the division lead and are one-game up over Minnesota and 2.5 games ahead of the Angels in the race for the two wildcards.
Boston is now 5-8 in their last 13 games against winning teams; the Yankees, Indians and Orioles.
The Yankees are 5-7 in their last 12 games against winning teams; the Red Sox, Mariners and Indians.
The Red Sox have averaged 5.10 RPG since the start of August. The team ERA stands at 3.90.
The Yankees have averaged 4.45 since the start of August. The team ERA stands at 3.71.
Chris Sale (15-6, 2.77 ERA) started six games in August. In three of them (two against the Indians and one against the Yankees) he allowed 18 runs (17 earned) in 15 innings of work and the team lost two of the three games. In the other three starts against the Rays, Blue Jays and his first start of the month against the Yankees he gave up one run in 22 innings of work and struck out 36 while allowing nine hits. Last time out he shut the Jays out over seven innings in a 3-0 win.
Luis Severino (11-6, 3.14 ERA) had a similar month, allowing 14 runs (11 earned) in 11 innings and two starts against the Indians and Red Sox and the Yankees lost them both. In his three other starts against the Indians, Mets and Tigers he allowed three runs (two earned) in 19.2 innings and the Yankees won each of them. He gave up four runs (three earned) in 6.2 innings of a 6-2 loss to the Indians last time out.
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games
Boston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games on the road
- NY Yankees are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
NY Yankees are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games when playing Boston
Cash It In: Boston is -117 favorites and the Yankees are -103 underdogs. Sale had been pitching like the Cy Young favorite for most of the year, but lately has been more erratic. But I still like his chances to pitch a stellar one Sunday night. He’s 0-2 in four starts with a 2.12 ERA against New York. Severino is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA against the Sox this year. Boston 4-2.