Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Series Betting Preview
By Kyle Markus
The Boston Red Sox are red hot, and if they can keep it rolling this weekend, they will put a vice grip on control of the American League East. The BoSox are heading to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees in a critical divisional showdown.
Boston was won eight consecutive games to open up a 4.5-game lead over New York in the A.L. East. If the Red Sox win this series, it will be tough for the Yankees to close the gap enough to regain control down the stretch. It’s certainly not a given that Boston wins this series, as New York has a powerful team and the home field advantage.
Shop around for odds at a few sportsbooks to see which spots have the most favorable lines for this series between the two biggest rivals in the major leagues.
Dates: Friday, August 11, 2017 – Sunday, August 13, 2017
Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
The Red Sox have improved to 65-49 on the season after their most recent winning streak, the second-best mark behind the Astros in the American League. The Yankees have a better run-differential than Boston but are just 60-53 after a recent lull.
Both of these teams have solid teams, but are built in different ways. The Yankees’ biggest strength is its offense, while Boston’s starting pitching is dynamic. It will be interesting to see which team comes out ahead in this three-game set.
Game 1 Probable Pitchers – Friday, August 11, 2017, 7:05 p.m. ET (MLB Network)
Jaime Garcia (Yankees) vs. Eduardo Rodríguez (Red Sox)
Garcia’s debut with the Yankees was not exactly the start he was hoping for. The 31-year-old allowed six runs, including five earned, on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in the Yankees’ 7-2 loss to Cleveland on August 4th. Garcia has been traded twice in the last two weeks, being sent from the Braves to the Twins for a single start before moving again to the Yankees.
Rodriguez is looking for his first win since May. The 24-year-old is 4-3 on the season with a 4.08 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. In his most recent outing against the White Sox on August 4th, he allowed two runs on four hits while walking four and striking out five in six innings pitched. Rodriguez is a solid hurler and should be able to keep the team in the game.
Game 2 Probable Pitchers – Saturday, August 12, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET (FS1)
Luis Severino (Yankees) vs. Drew Pomeranz (Red Sox)
Severino is in the middle of a breakout year as he has a 2.91 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He has a 9-4 record with 162 strikeouts this season. Severino is facing a Boston lineup that is tough, especially with the recent additions of Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers. However, he has the type of pure stuff to quiet even the most talented hitters in the lineup.
Pomeranz has allowed just one run in three of his last four starts coming into this matchup. He is 11-4 with a 3.36 ERA on the season and is averaging more than a strikeout per inning. He has impressive stuff and will need it as well because the Yankees boast star Aaron Judge and other big-time bats.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers – Sunday, August 13, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Jordan Montgomery (Yankees) vs. Chris Sale (Red Sox)
Sale is 14-4 on the season with a 2.57 ERA and seems like the front-runner for the Cy Young award. He has a 0.88 WHIP and has struck out 229 batters in only 161.1 innings. Even though New York has one of the best offenses in the MLB, it will be hard to put big innings together against such a dominant hurler.
Montgomery is being called up to fill in for veteran left-hander C.C. Sabathia, who injured his knee last time out. Montgomery is a borderline starter in the major leagues, entering with a 7-6 record and a 4.05 ERA. He needs to have one of the best outings of his young career to give New York a chance in this game.