New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick - 9/8/13
Boston Red Sox (87-57) at New York Yankees (75-67)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Jon Lester (L) (13-8) (3.885) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (11-10) (2.989)
The Line: New York Yankees -104 / Boston Red Sox -104 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, YES
The Boston Red Sox end their visit to the Big Apple when they take the field with the New York Yankees on Sunday.
For the third time in as many games in this series, the Boston bats were front page news after a 13-9 win over the Yankees on Saturday. The Red Sox drive for the American League East continued with five consecutive victories and wins in eight of nine overall. Starter John Lackey provided marginal resistance to the New York attack, with seven runs given up over five innings which was still a winning effort. The power game played a big role, with Xander Bogaerts and Jonny Gomes going deep and driving in six, while Mike Napoli homered twice and knocked in three. A red-hot Jon Lester faces the rival Yankees in the final game of the series on Sunday. Lester has recorded quality starts in nine of his last ten outings, going 5-3 with a pair of no decisions.
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While the Yankees have been scoring plenty of runs in this series, the work on the mound has not been able to make them stand up. The result has been three straight defeats to the front running Red Sox, which translates into three lost games in the standings. David Huff struggled early and often, with nine runs plated through 3.1 frames while Jim Miller allowed three more over 1.1 innings. In the process, the Bronx Bombers 12 hit, five-walk effort still fell short, with Brett Gardner and Mark Reynolds delivering a pair of RBI's each, with five others driving in runs. A struggling Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound against the rival Red Sox Sunday afternoon. Kiroda has been the Yankees best hurler in 2013, but has stumbled lately with 19 runs allowed over four starts over 23 innings.
I think anytime a rival goes for a sweep on the road it's it's a tall order, especially in a four game series. Kuroda has been great for New York until lately and Lester has been consistently good throughout 2013, but I might be pushing the envelope here so tread with caution.