Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (8-12) at Boston Red Sox (12-10)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) (2.92) vs. Henry Owens (0-0) (8.11)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -105 / New York Yankees -105 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, MLBN, NESN
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will be renewing one of the most storied rivalries in all of sports on Friday with game one of a weekend series at Fenway Park.
The Yankees finished up an early-week series against the Rangers on Wednesday, winning the first game before dropping the last two by a combined 13-3 score.
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As for the Red Sox, they took their turn beating up on the lowly Braves this week, taking the first three games by a combined score of 21-9. In Thursday’s series finale, however, Atlanta scored three times in the second inning on the way to a sweep-preventing 5-3 Boston loss.
New York will be starting right-hander Masahiro Tanaka in Friday’s opener. In his four starts and 1-0 record this season, Tanaka has pitched pretty well with a 2.92 ERA and 0.97 WHIP across 24.2 innings. Back on Saturday in his most recent outing, Tanaka secured a no-decision with two runs on five hits across seven innings against Tampa Bay.
The Yankees order has been mired in age and inconsistency so far this year, but has a few bright spots. Starlin Castro has played well in the early-going, with 22 hits and 12 RBI. Carlos Beltran has also been pretty reliable with his 20 hits, four homers and 11 runs. Veteran Alex Rodriguez has three homers, seven runs and seven RBI, but is hitting just .190 on the year.
Over on the Boston side, we’ll be seeing lefty Henry Owens making the start in Friday’s game. Owens is currently filling in for the injured Eduardo Rodriguez (knee), and has made just one start this year. In that game Sunday, Owens struggled on three runs and five hits across 3.1 innings against the Astros.
If there’s good news for the Red Sox here, it’s that they’ve got a batting order that can hang with just about anyone. Dustin Pedroia has been great with 32 hits, 18 runs and 13 RBI so far. Mookie Betts has also been pretty darn good on his 27 hits, 19 runs, four homers and 14 RBI. David Ortiz is also having a nice year so far with 21 hits and 11 doubles. Ortiz came up empty in the Atlanta finale, however, posting an 0-for-4 line.
The Yankees are just 1-4 in their last five road games, but 4-1in Tanaka’s last five road starts. The Red Sox, meanwhile, are 4-1 in their last five Friday games, but 1-4 in their last five against the American League East.
Offensively, the Red Sox have the market cornered in this matchup. Despite that, I have such little faith in Owens’ ability to hold this game down that I’m going with Tanaka and the Yankees to take the opener.