New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 9/7/13
Boston Red Sox (86-57) at New York Yankees (75-66)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
John Lackey (R) (8-12) (3.216) vs. David Huff (L) (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: New York Yankees +121 / Boston Red Sox -131 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees shoot for consecutive victories over the Boston Red Sox.
The Red Sox have really swinging the bats lately and that trend continued in a 12-8 victory over the division rival Yankees. This marked the second come from behind win over New York and gave the American League East Leaders wins in nine of eleven and moved them a step closer to locking the East up. The pitching simply allowed less then the Yankees, with Felix Doubront giving up six and Rubby De La Rosa two more. The offense was the big story with Will Middlebrooks, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino leaving the yard. The Red Sox hope to get back in the win column behind right-hander John Lackey. Lackey has an 8-12 record and 3.22 ERA, but has not always received much run support or help from the relief corps.
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Back to back defeats to the Red Sox at this juncture is a bad thing and even more so when the Yankees pitching gave up leads in each. The Bronx Bombers simply can't afford to lose and the past two nights have been extra painful. Starter Andy Pettitte came through with three runs plated over six frames before Phil Hughes followed with four given up while three straight relievers gave up five more. An eight hit, eight walk attack was not enough with Alphonso Soriano and Brett Gardner leading the way with a pair of RBI's each. The Yankees give Saturday's start to David Huff, who has been used six times out of the bullpen since coming over from the Indians. Huff has gone 2-0 with a 1.12 ERA, covering 16 innings pitched.
I don't have a clue what to expect from Huff, but he does have starter experience, while Lackey has done well, but is not my favorite. I'll back the Boston bats with minimal confidence.