Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Pick-Odds-Prediction - 8/3/14
New York Yankees (55-53) at Boston Red Sox (49-60)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Fenway Park)
David Phelps (R) (5-5) (4.088) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (5-7) (5.867)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -131 / New York Yankees +121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees conclude their weekend series with the Boston Red Sox with a bout on Sunday Night Baseball.
It might be put up or shut up time for the Yankees regarding their postseason aspirations. They certainly are in the running but have to turn the recent skid around and avoid any further losing streaks. New York had dropped five of six before knocking off Boston 6-4 on Saturday. Shane Greene gave up three runs in 4.2 innings before four relievers took control with a lone run scored over 4.1 frames. New York did their damage on ten hits and seven BB with Mark Texeira going deep with Derek Jeter knocking in two. The Yankees send David Phelps to the bump Sunday to face the Red Sox for the first tie in 2014. Phelps is looking to rebound from a 4-2 defeat at Texas where he was charged with all four runs in six innings.
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The Red Sox have obviously called it a day as far as the season is concerned with the trades of Jon Lester and John Lackey. It seems strange Boston has fallen off the map a year after dominating the American League East on the way to the World Series title but that's how this game is sometimes. The Red Sox have lost eight of eleven after Saturday's defeat with struggles on the mound costing them. Allen Webster gave up four runs on two hits and four free passes through 2.2 innings with five relievers allowing a pair of runs in 6.1 frames. Boston posted eight hits with Mike Napoli cracking a two run homer in the 2nd to give his team a shortlived 3-0 lead. Clay Buchholz faces the Yankees for the second time in 2014. Buchholz is in need of a bounce back where he has struggled three three straight outings where he has allowed 16 runs on 23 hits in 17 frames.
In all honesty I don't like either hurler in what is not a great prime time game. I'll side with the plus odds in a tossup...