New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/1/14
New York Yankees (55-51) at Boston Red Sox (48-59)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
Chris Capuano (L) (0-0) (3.000) vs. John Lackey (R) (11-7) (3.604)
The Line: Boston Red Sox / New York Yankees --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, NESN
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox begin a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday.
The Yankees have lost four of their last five games and have really dropped in the AL East standings. The issue for the Yankees has been a really inconsistent offense, as they’ve produced three or fewer runs in six of their last 11 games. The Yankees have lost 15 of their last 19 games when scoring fewer than four runs. Brett Gardner has homered four times in his last three games and Carlos Beltran has a seven-game hitting streak. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.89, which is 18th in baseball. Chris Capuano takes the mind, and he’s 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. This is Capuano’s second career game against the Red Sox.
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The Red Sox have lost eight of their last nine games and have dropped 12 games below a .500 record. While the Red Sox offense has been dreadful for much of the year, it’s their pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Red Sox have an ERA of 3.91 and have lost 12 of their last 14 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Xander Bogaerts has a five-game hitting streak and David Ortiz has 13 RBI in his last nine games. Starting Anthony Ranaudo, who is making his first big league start.
The Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 games following an off day and 2-9 in their last 11 vs. American League East. The Red Sox are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. American League East and 2-5 in their last 7 games following an off day.
The Yankees are playing the better baseball and don't have a rookie pitcher on the mound who is making his first career start. Give me the Yanks on the road.