New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 9/6/13
2013-09-06 06:05:00 EDT
The Boston Red Sox visit the Big Apple to tangle with the hated New York Yankees.
The wait for Boston to stumble continues and, to be honest, I just don’t see it coming and if it does, the Red Sox will likely make the playoffs anyway. A day after thiteming 20 runs on the scoreboard against Detroit, the Boston offense stayed hot in a 9-8, ten inning victory over the Yankees. The Red Sox have won nine of eleven, with the bats and arms both productive, although the offense saved the day Thursday with Jake Peavy allowing four runs in six innings with Matt Thornton and Junichi Tazawa giving up two runs each. The visitors 16 hit attack came in handy with Shane Victorino and Ryan Lavarnway driving in five. Boston will lean on left hander Felix Doubront to control the New York bats in game two of their series. Doubront has been a steady member of the Red Sox rotation with a 10-6 record and 3.89 ERA.
Following Thursday’s loss to first place Boston, I think the Yankees have begun to realize the American League East lead will be tough to wrestle away from their biggest rivals, which has to be annoying. The Bronx Bombers have been playing well, but the key to the postseason is probably the Wild Card. Starter Ivan Nova has generally controlled the scoreboard, but was tagged for three runs in four frames with Preston Claiborn allowing three more without recording an out. The woes on the mound continued with Mariano Rivera blowing the save and Joba Chamberlain taking the loss. Ten hits and five walks were not enough with Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay combining for five runs driven in. Veteran lefty Andy Pettitte looks to keep the Yankees in the postseason picture when he face Boston on Friday. Pettitte has raised his game over his last three trips to the mound with a 1.42 ERA.
I like the way Pettitte has been thiteming the ball and I’m not Doubront’s biggest fan, but I like the way Boston is swinging the bats right now.