New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (17-13) at New York Yankees (11-17)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
S Wright (2-3) (1.67) vs. Luis Severino (0-4) (6.31)
The Line: New York Yankees -109 / Boston Red Sox -101 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
Rounding out the MLB’s weekend schedule on Sunday evening, we’ve got one more installment of the historic Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees series from Yankee stadium.
This will be the third and final game of the current set. On Friday in the opener, the Yankees eked out a 3-2 victory. On Saturday in game two, New York got another victory 8-2, out-hitting Boston 11-6.
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Taking the mound for the Red Sox on Sunday, we’ve got right-hander Steven Wright. Despite his 2-3 record over five starts this year, Wright has been great on a 1.67 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 32.1 total innings. Back on Tuesday against the White Sox, Wright allowed just three hits and two runs in six innings (and took a loss).
The better-than-expected Red Sox batting order has the makings of a deep playoff run. Dustin Pedroia leads the way on 40 hits with 20 runs and 14 RBI. Pedroia came up empty on Saturday, though. Mookie Betts has also had a solid power stroke with four homers, 17 RBI and 22 runs. David Ortiz is defying Father Time on seven homers and 25 RBI. Ortiz couldn’t find a hit Saturday and finished 0-for-4.
The Yankees will be rolling with right-hander Luis Severino on Sunday. It’s been a rough go for Severino thus far, what with his 0-4 record over five starts, 6.31 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 25.2 innings. On Tuesday when we last saw him, Severino allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings against the Orioles, dropping another game.
The New York batting order has underachieved for the most part this year, but there are a few bright spots of note. Starlin Castro is still atop the charts with 31 hits and 12 RBI, while Jacoby Ellsbury is playing well on 26 hits and 10 runs, but is on the shelf for the next day or two with a tight right hip. Carlos Beltran has managed to tally four homers, 12 RBI and 12 runs thus far. Beltran went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI on Saturday.
The Red Sox are 4-0 in their last four game threes of a series, but just 1-4 in Wright’s last five road starts against an opponent with a losing record. As for the Yankees, they’re 0-5 in their last five game threes of a series, and 1-5 in Severino’s last six starts against a team with a winning record.
Wright is pitching well this year; Severino isn’t. That’s basically what it comes down to, and when you factor in the wimpy and injured Yankees lineup, a Red Sox win seems likely to prevent the sweep.