Yankees vs. Red Sox - 4/12/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (2-1) at New York Yankees (1-2)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
C Buchholz (1-0) (0.00) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (0-1) (9.00)
The Line: New York Yankees -111 / Boston Red Sox +101 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox look to sweep the New York Yankees Sunday night on ESPN.
The Boston Red Sox are off to an impressive 4-1 start after winning Saturday, 8-4. The Red Sox offense has been good as advertised, as they’ve produced 20 runs in their last three games. Hanley Ramirez is one of four Boston players with at least four RBI and Xander Bogaerts leads the way with nine hits. David Ortiz is the only player who’s struggling, as he’s struck out nine times in 20 at bats. The Boston Red Sox have to be the frontrunners to win the AL East with the way they’re playing at the moment. Clay Buchholz gets the nod, and he’s 1-0 with a 0-0 ERA and nine strikeouts this season. Buchholz is 5-7 with a 5.64 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees have lost three straight and continue to struggle offensively. The Yankees have scored nine runs in this series, but a lot of them have come in garbage time when the game’s been decided. Jacoby Ellsbury and Alex Rodriguez have combined for 10 hits while Chris Young has three RBI. Carlos Beltran has struck out six times in 20 at bats. The New York Yankees have their work cut out for them if they hope to bounce back after such a slow start. Masahiro Tanaka takes the hill, and he’s 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Tanaka is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 3 of a series and 45-21 in Buchholzs last 66 road starts. The Yankees are 49-20 in their last 69 games after losing the first 2 games of a series and 2-5 in Tanakas last 7 starts. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Tanaka didn't look like his normal self in his return, as his off-speed stuff isn't quite there yet. Not good news if you're up against one of the best lineups in baseball. Look for the Red Sox to continue their beatdown over New York.