Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 16, 2019, 6:35 PM (EDT)|
New York Yankees -105 / Boston Red Sox -116
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees meet in game one of a mini two game AL East division set from Yankee Stadium in MLB action on Tuesday night.
The Boston Red Sox will look to bounce back after settling for a series split with Baltimore on Monday, dropping their series finale by a final score of 8-1. Steve Pearce accounted for the lone Boston RBI in the loss, while J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a double. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers each chipped in a base hit as well in the losing effort for Boston as the Red Sox mustered up just four hits as a team in defeat. Hector Velasquez took the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing one run on two hits while walking four over three innings of work. Chris Sale will start game one and is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 6-4 with a 1.61 ERA and 130 strikeouts against the Yankees.
The New York Yankees will look to rebound after losing 5 of their last 6 games, including a 5-2 loss in their series finale against the Chicago White Sox. Luke Voit had a double and an RBI while Aaron Judge added an RBI as well to cap off New York’s scoring in the loss. Gleyber Torres and Gio Urshela each chipped in a base knock to round out the Yankees’ offense as New York mustered up just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Masahiro Tanaka took the loss, falling to 1-1 this season after allowing all five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out six over four innings of work. James Paxton will start game one and is 1-2 with a 6.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. In his career, Paxton is 2-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Boston.
Boston is 1-4 in Sale’s last 5 starts and 2-7 in their last 9 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter. New York is 1-5 in their last 6 games overall and 39-19 in their last 58 series opening matchups while the over is 19-7 in their last 26 division games. Boston is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I think you can make a case for Boston being favored on the road given Sale’s success at keeping zeroes on the board in his career against the Yankees. However, while Boston is winning games here and there, there are still some major issues going on with the Red Sox, as this team just feels like they don’t have the same mojo from last year. It almost feels like the Dodgers from a couple of years ago that won 44 of 52 games in a crazy stretch and then tanked for the early part of last season. I think Boston turns it around at some point but not just yet. Paxton will be looking to settle down here and since I feel that New York’s lineup is still potent enough to do some damage against a clearly rattled Chris Sale, I’ll take a shot with New York to draw first blood at home.