New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (47-59) at New York Yankees (59-45)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
R Porcello (5-11) (5.81) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (7-4) (3.80)
The Line: New York Yankees -190 / Boston Red Sox +180 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NESN, YES
The Boston Red Sox travel to the Big Apple to open a series with the New York Yankees Tuesday.
The Boston Red Sox faithful are not accustomed to the type of season we have seen in 2015 but perhaps a strong finish will carry over to next year. The Red Sox saw a three game winning streak and a chance to sweep visiting Tampa Bay end in a 4-3 defeat on Sunday. Starter Wade Miley gave up two runs on five hits through 6.2 innings with Junichi Tazawa blowing the save and taking the loss with two runs plated in just an inning. The offense mustered eight hits and walked once with David Ortiz, Hanley Ramirez and Mike Napoli driving in runs with Xander Bogaerts scoring twice. The Red Sox send rookie left hander Henry Owens to the hill to face the Yankees in his major league debut. Owens has a 3.17 ERA in Triple A and is currently listed as Boston’s #5 prospect.
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The New York Yankees sit atop the American League East and are refusing to fold like many have expected. The Yankees defeated the White Sox 12-3 on Sunday in the series rubber match. Ivan Nova improved to 4-3 with a run plated on five hits over six frames. That was plenty good enough for the Yanks eleven hit, four walk attack that featured a three run homer from Jacoby Ellsbury with Mark Teixiera smacking a solo jack. Stephen Drew drove in four and scored twice on three hits while Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius knocked in a pair of runs with Gregorius and Chase Headley scoring three times apiece. Mashiro Tanaka is scheduled to be on the bump for the second time against Boston. Tanaka will be looking to rebound from a 5-2 defeat at Texas where he allowed four runs nine hits and three BB over six frames.
The over is 7-1 in Boston’s last 8 overall and is 7-1 in their last 8 on grass while the Red Sox are 5-13 in their last 18 overall. New York are 21-7 in their last 28 home games and are 15-6 in their last 21 overall while going 15-6 in their last 21 games on grass. I’m just going with the known quantity on the mound here…