New York Yankees (101-62) at Boston Red Sox (108-54)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 6, 2018, 8:15 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -120 / New York Yankees +100 --- Over/Under: 9
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will be meeting up at Fenway Park for Game 2 of their MLB American League Division Series on Saturday evening.
In Game 1 of this set, Boston jumped out to a 5-0 lead and after some scares were able to hang on for a 5-4 win.
For Game 2, the Yankees will be bringing out RHP Masahiro Tanaka. In his 156.0 innings and 12-6 mark this year, Tanaka has a 3.75 ERA with 159 Ks.
Tops in hitting this year for the Yankees is Miguel Andujar, who finished the season on 170 hits, 83 runs, 27 homers and 92 RBI. In Game 1, Andujar went 0-for-3.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they’re going with David Price on Saturday. Across 176.0 innings and a 16-7 record this year, Price has a 3.58 ERA with 177 Ks.
JD Martinez led the Red Sox in hits during the regular season, putting up 188 hits, 111 runs, 43 homers and 130 RBI. In Friday’s game, Martinez ripped a three-run homer in the first.
The Yankees are 4-0 in their last four in game two of a series and 39-15 in their last 54 Saturday games. New York is 4-0 in Tanaka’s last four Saturday starts and 1-4 in his last five versus the AL East.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox are 23-9 in their last 32 Saturday games and 6-0 in Price’s last six Saturday starts. Boston is 37-16 in Price’s last 53 starts and 21-6 in his last 27 home starts.
Tanaka comes into the postseason on something of a downswing, as he gave up eight earned in eight innings over his last two regular-season starts. Furthermore, in four starts versus Boston this year, Tanaka carries a 7.58 ERA.
As for Price, he’s coming in on a high with a 6-1 mark and a 2.25 ERA over his last 11 starts. His postseason ERA isn’t the greatest (5.03 career) and he’s had his difficulties versus New York, but with Price making the start at Fenway I’m more inclined to go Red Sox here.