New York Yankees (5-6) at Boston Red Sox (9-1)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 11, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Boston Red Sox -115 / New York Yankees -105 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The oldest rivalry in the Majors renews pleasantries for game two of a three game AL East division set from Fenway Park on Wednesday.
The New York Yankees will look to bounce back after dropping 4 of their last 5 games, including ending up on the wrong end of a 14-1 rout in game one on Tuesday. Aaron Judge’s solo home run while going 3 for 4 accounted for the lone run for the Yankees in the loss while Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 4 with a double. Didi Gregorius also went 2 for 4 while Neil Walker, Tyler Austin and Shane Robinson each added base hits of their own in the losing effort for New York. Luis Severino took his first loss of the season, falling to 2-1 this season after giving up five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out six over five innings of work. Masahiro Tanaka will start game two and is 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. In his career, Tanaka is 7-4 with a 3.65 ERA and 61 strikeouts against Boston.
The Boston Red Sox will look to build on their strong 9-1 start to the year after notching their 9th straight win with the rout on Tuesday. Mookie Betts led the way, going 4 for 4 with a grand slam and a pair of double. Hanley Ramirez came next going 2 for 2 with three RBIs, while Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez each pitched in two RBIs, with Benintendi going 2 for 3 with a triple and a double while Martinez added a double of his own in the win. Rafael Devers and Brock Holt each added RBIs of their own, while Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez each added a base hit to finish off the offense for the BoSox in the victory. Chris Sale got his first win of the season after giving up the one run on eight hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. David Price will start game two and is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Price is 15-11 with a 4.53 ERA and 202 strikeouts against the Yankees.
New York is 6-2 in Tanaka’s last 8 division starts and 3-10 in their last 13 road games while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Boston is 9-0 in their last 9 games overall and 8-2 in Price’s last 10 home starts while the under is 5-2 in Price’s last 7 division starts. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Tanaka has some solid numbers at Fenway, but the problem is that the Yankees’ projected prolific offense isn’t showing up consistently, and that won’t fly against a Boston team that is red hot right now. I’m sure that will cool off eventually, but until it does, you have to ride the hot hand in Boston, especially when you’re getting this low of a line.