Boston Red Sox (55-36) vs. New York Yankees (46-43)
July 16, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: New York Yankees / Boston Red Sox ; Over/Under: -
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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees meet Friday in MLB action at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Yankees look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Boston Red Sox have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Red Sox have won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring four or more runs. Xander Bogaerts leads the Red Sox with 103 hits and 51 RBI while JD Martinez and Rafael Devers have combined for 190 hits and 134 RBI. Martin Perez gets the ball, and he is 7-5 with a 4.04 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. Perez is 2-3 with a 7.08 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The New York Yankees have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Yankees have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with 92 hits and 36 RBI while Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela have combined for 169 hits and 85 RBI. Jordan Montgomery gets the ball, and he is 3-4 with a 4.16 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Montgomery is 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA and 30 strikeouts in his career against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 21-8 in their last 29 during game 1 of a series and 11-5 in their last 16 games following an off day. The Yankees are 4-10 in their last 14 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Red Sox last 4 road games. The over is 4-1 in Yankees last 5 home games. The Red Sox are 9-23 in the last 32 meetings in New York and 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
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The Red Sox are due for a bounce back performance after heading into the break ice cold, and Perez has been better than his numbers indicate. The Yankees have underachieved all season long and now they’re dealing with COVID-19 issues that can really thin out a roster depending on who can and can’t play. Assuming this game is going to be played, I’ll back the Red Sox.