Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/1/14
New York Yankees (55-52) at Boston Red Sox (48-60)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Chris Capuano (L) (0-0) (3.000) vs. John Lackey (R) (11-7) (3.604)
The Line: Boston Red Sox / New York Yankees --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, YES
The New York Yankees visit Fenway Park on Friday to open a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox.
The on again, off again Yankees are the latter right now which isn't where they want to be with first place in the AL East still within their grasp. The offense has struggled in dropping four of five after a 3-2 defeat at Texas on Wednesday. Hiroki Kuroda threw well enough to win with three runs plated over seven frames but instead fell to 7-7 on the season. The offense never got6 going on four hits with Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner blasting solo homers. Left hander Chris Capuano makes his second start of 2014 when he face the Red Sox on Friday. Capuano gave two runs over six frames of a 6-4 loss to Toronto last time out but did not get a decision.
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The Red Sox have thrown in the towel with the trade of ace left hander Jon Lester although getting Yoenis Cespedes in the deal with Oakland certainly strengthens the lineup. The fact of the matter is there is no real strength with this team that has lost eight of ten with neither the arms or bats standing out. Boston comes in to the series having been swept by Toronto following a 6-1 defeat on Wednesday. Brandon Workman gave up five runs (two earned) on four hits and four bases on balls through five innings to fall to 1-4. Christian Vasquez doubled in Xander Bogaerts with the lone run in the 5th but Boston trailed 5-1 at that point. Veteran John Lackey is scheduled to be on the bump to square off with the Yankees on Friday. Lackey has been throwing the ball well with a 2-1 record over his last three with a 2.25 ERA.
Lackey might be gone by the time this one is played with Anthony Ranaudo taking his place so please check back when a line is released...