Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/23/14
New York Yankees (11-8) at Boston Red Sox (9-11)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Michael Pineda (R) (2-1) (1.000) vs. John Lackey (R) (2-2) (5.250)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -118 / New York Yankees +108 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, NESN, ESPN
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox battle for a win at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
Although it's much too early to put a ton of stock in to the Yankees sitting atop the American League East, first is still first and beating Boston 9-3 Tuesday made sure they maintained their position for another day. Newcomer Masahiro Tanaka improved to 3-0 with a pair of runs scored on seven hits over seven innings of work. The offense erupted for 15 hits and four walks with Carlos Beltran leaving the yard and driving in two while Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter lashed a pair of hits and knocked in a two runs each. New York hands the ball to Michael Pineda who goes in search of another solid start. Pineda has allowed just two runs in three previous starts covering 18 innings pitched in going 2-1.
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Boston might be the defending American League East champion but they are off to a slow start in 2014. The good news is it's early and they are not all that far off the pace so basically everything is still possible. The bad news is losing to the hated Yankees at Fenway Park is difficult to stomach. Starter Jon Lester simply was off his game with eight runs plated on eleven hits and four free passes through 4.1 frames. That was far to much for the offense to contend with as their nine hits was well short. The scoring consisted of solo homers off the bats of Mike Napoli and David Ortiz with Xander Bogaerts smacking an RBI double. The Red Sox turn to veteran John Lackey on the mound for Wednesday night's clash with AL East rival New York. Lackey needs to rebound from a pair off sub par outings where he was charged with 12 runs over eleven innings.
Pineda is off to a great start and faces the Red Sox for the second time while I dot know what to expect from Lackey at times. I'm going with the Yankees at decent odds who are playing the better baseball right now...