New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 12:10 PM (London Stadium )
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The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox will kick off the first MLB series in Europe on Saturday from London.
The Yankees are coming off a series against the Blue Jays this week. New York managed a sweep in that one with victories 10-8, 4-3 and 8-7.
For Saturday’s game, the Yankees will be going with Masahiro Tanaka in the start. Over his 98.0 innings and 5-5 record this year, Tanaka has a 3.21 ERA with 85 Ks and 21 BBs.
Over on the Red Sox’ side, they just finished up against the White Sox in a “laundry series.” Boston took the first two games of that set 6-5 and 6-3 but fell Wednesday 8-7.
In the game Saturday, Boston is sending out Rick Porcello for the start. Across 93.2 innings and a 5-7 mark so far, Porcello has a 4.52 ERA with 76 Ks and 29 BBs.
The Yankees are 21-7 in their last 28 after a win and 7-1 in Tanaka’s last eight Saturday starts. New York is 5-2 in Tanaka’s last seven starts versus the AL East and 38-14 in their last 52 Saturday games.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 4-0 in their last four in game one of a series and 9-4 in Porcello’s last 13 starts. Boston is 1-4 in Porcello’s last five starts with five days’ rest and 2-5 in their last seven Saturday games.
Porcello has been a bit up and down lately. In three of his last five starts, he’s given up a combined 14 earned runs. In the other two, he’s given up just two earned in 13.2 innings.
As for Tanaka, he’s been pretty consistent this year and has just two earned over his last pair of starts in 15.0 innings.
This should be a fun matchup and a great way to start out the London weekend. I’m going to side with the Yankees here but when these two teams meet on the diamond anything can happen.