New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/1/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/1/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox (3-5) at New York Yankees (5-1)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 7:07 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Zack Godley (0-0) (0.00) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: New York Yankees -195 / Boston Red Sox +165 --- Over/Under: 10 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees meet in AL East division MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

The Boston Red Sox will try to bounce back from a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees in their last outing. Michael Chavis’ solo homer in the 3rd was the lone run the BoSox would plate in the loss while Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 3 at the dish and Kevin Pillar and Jose Peraza each had a base hit as the Red Sox had just five hits as a team in defeat. Ryan Weber took the loss, falling to 0-2 after allowing three runs on four hits over 3.1 innings of work. Zack Godley will start this one and is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 7 strikeouts this season. This will be Godley’s first career start against the Yankees.

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The New York Yankees will try to build off of their win in Friday’s matchup over Boston. All of New York’s damage on the scoreboard came via the long ball as Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge each hit a two-run home run while Gio Urshela went 2 for 4 with a solo homer. DJ LeMahieu went 3 for 5 while Gleyber Torres chipped in a pair of hits as well to finish off New York’s offense in the victory. Jordan Montgomery got the win after allowing one run on five hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings of work to improve to 1-0. Masahiro Tanaka will start this one and was 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA and 149 strikeouts last season. In his career, Tanaka is 8-5 with a 5.76 ERA and 85 strikeouts against Boston.

Boston is 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 1-5 in their last 6 Saturday games while the over is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games as a road underdog. New York is 50-22 in their last 72 games against a team with a losing record and 55-20 in their last 75 division games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 game two matchups. Boston is 1-8 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams in New York.

It’s not often you’re going to hear me say this, but I think I’m going to take a shot with Boston here. Godley wasn’t terrible in his debut and current Yankees are only hitting .200 against Godley. Tanaka on the other hand was rung up to the tune of a 24.75 ERA against Boston last season across three starts covering eight innings. Yikes. If Godley can replicate some of that success and the bats wake up against Tanaka, Boston could have a shot to steal one here. Give me the Red Sox and the plus money.

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Chris’s Pick Boston +165

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.