Boston Red Sox (6-12) at New York Yankees (12-6)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Colten Brewer (0-0) (3.60) vs. Gerrit Cole (3-0) (3.22)
The Line: New York Yankees -340 / Boston Red Sox +270 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees meet Friday in MLB action from Yankee Stadium.
Boston is coming out of a series against the Rays. The Red Sox lost the first three games of that set 8-7, 8-2 and 9-5. In the Thursday finale, **** As for the Yankees, they played a pair versus the Braves this week. New York won both of those, 9-6 on Tuesday and 6-3 on Wednesday. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Boston had a 3-2 lead heading into the third inning on Thursday, but they were bombarded by the Rays with 14 runs over the next three frames. Four Boston players were able to record multiple hits there, while Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-5 with three RBI. (Plawecki even got to pitch.) Starter Kyle Hart gave up much of the damage on seven runs (five earned), three walks and two homers in 2.0 innings.
On Friday, the Red Sox will send 27-year-old Colten Brewer to the mound for the start. Brewer has appeared in six games so far this season, and this will be his first career start—and a bullpen game for Boston. In 2020, Brewer is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA and 10 Ks in 10.0 innings of work.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they’ve had some real offensive standouts (and a few duds) this year so far. DJ LeMahieu is shredding right now on a .431 batting average, 14 runs, 28 hits and eight RBI. Aaron Judge has a .290 BA with 16 runs, nine homers and 20 RBI. Guys like Gleyber Torres (.161 BA), Gary Sanchez (.104 BA) and Brett Gardner (.171 BA) have struggled in the early-going, however.
In Friday’s starting role, New York will go with RHP Gerrit Cole. Across his four starts this season, Cole is 3-0 with a 3.22 ERA and 26 Ks in 22.1 innings of work. On his career, Cole is 97-52 with a 3.22 ERA and 1362 strikeouts in 1217.1 innings total.
The Red Sox are 12-5 in their last 17 Friday games and 8-20 in their last 28 games as an underdog. Boston is 7-20 in their last 27 games versus the American League East and 1-4 in their last five during game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 4-1 in their last five Friday games and 48-13 in their last 61 games as a home favorite. New York is 59-23 in their last 82 versus the American League East and 11-5 in their last 16 games overall.
Pick: Sticking Yankees here. Cole was dealing in his last start, collecting double-digit strikeouts in 4.2 innings in a no-decision versus the Rays. He didn’t get the win, but remains unbeaten across 26 consecutive starts. (That’s the fifth-longest in MLB history.) A quality outing from Cole and a nice bullpen performance from New York would greatly stifle Boston’s chances in this one. Still, with that really thick line, you wouldn't be crazy to take Boston on a value pick; the payoff on a surprise win would be nice.