New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick 9/5/13
2013-09-05 06:05:00 EDT
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox face-off on Thursday in New York in game one of a big series on the American League East.
The New York Yankees are stringing together wins when they need them most, as they are clawing their way back into the post-season race in the American League. The Yankees have won their last three games, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they are just three games out in the AL Wildcard race. As a team, the Yankees are hitting .247 with Robinson Cano hitting .308, Alex Rodriguez hitting .277, and Brett Gardener hitting .272. For game one against the Red Sox, the Yankees start Ivan Nova, who is 8-4 with a 2.88 ERA for the season and 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox are putting away the competition in the AL East, as they look to be on their way to winning the division. With the Rays fading and the Yankees looking to be too far back to make a serious run at winning the division with just over three weeks left in the season, the Red Sox should be looking at clinching a playoff spot soon. As a team, the Red Sox are hitting .274 with David Ortiz hitting .310, Mike Carp hitting .301, and Dustin Pedroia hitting .299. For game one in the Bronx, the Red Sox start Jake Peavy, who is 11-5 with a 3.91 ERA and 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his last three starts.
New York is 13-2 in their last 15 games as a home favorite, 5-1 in their last six games, and 6-0 in Nova’s last six starts. Boston is 9-2 in their last 11 games, 2-5 in their last seven games as a road underdog, and 6-2 in their last eight games as a road underdog.
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The total for this one is set at 8.5 and I look for this one to go over the number. I also have a play on the winning team and I will post that pick in the Premium Area.