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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Game 1 - 8/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Date & Time Saturday August 3, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
The Line
New York Yankees +116 / Boston Red Sox -132 O/U: 10.5
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The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will match up for game one of their doubleheader on Saturday.

In Friday’s game one of this series, the Yankees got a grand slam in the bottom of the first and hung on for a 4-2 victory.

For the Saturday game one, Boston will be sending out Chris Sale in the start. Sale is 5-10 with a 4.26 ERA and 189 strikeouts this year.

Boston couldn’t get anything going Friday after scoring two in the first inning on a JD Martinez homer. The Sox would finish with just three hits on the evening.

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re going with Domingo German in the game one start Saturday. Across his 97.0 innings and 13-2 record this year, German has a 4.08 ERA with 107 Ks and 24 BBs.

The key swing for the Yankees came early on the grand slam, which provided all of New York’s runs on Friday. Gleyber Torres was the hero there, and the pitching staff did the rest of the work.

The Red Sox are 2-5 in their last seven opening games of doubleheaders and 1-4 in their last five games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. The over is 6-0-1 in Boston’s last seven Saturday games and 7-0 in their last seven in game two of a series.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 20-6 in German’s last 26 starts and 5-1 in his last six with five days’ rest. New York is 5-0 in German’s last five home starts and 4-0 in his last four Saturday starts.

German’s last time up was July 28, where he managed a win by holding the Red Sox to three earned on four hits over 5.1 innings. That was a victory the Yankees really needed, and with New York not making moves at SP, German will have some real weight on his shoulders moving forward.

Even though German is 4-0 in his last five starts, I still don’t feel he’s consistent enough to trust on a regular basis. I’m going Red Sox here, but mostly because of the potential strategy in the doubleheader.

Boston Red Sox -132

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