Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Date and Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: Yankee Stadium
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Probable Pitchers: David Price vs. Luis Severino
Red Sox vs. Yankees TV Coverage: ESPN
Heading into their second to last series of the year, the Red Sox hold an eight to five advantage head-to-head against the Bronx Bombers. The Boston Red Sox have the division all but wrapped up, but the New York Yankees still have plenty to play for on Wednesday night as they try to hold on to the top Wild Card spot in the AL. The Sox want nothing more than to deprive the Yankees of homefield advantage and will look for another victory over New York, sending David Price to the mound against the struggling Luis Severino.
The Red Sox have a huge lead in the AL East over the Yankees, but New York remains the third best team in baseball with 91 wins, behind only Boston and the Houston Astros.
These two teams are amongst the best in nearly every facet of the game. Offensively, the Yankees are a home run hitting machine, ranked second in baseball in runs scored. The Red Sox don’t hit as many dingers, but they’ve got more runs scored.
New York is getting Aaron Judge back in the lineup, potentially pushing Andrew McCutchen to the bench. This is a deep roster and one of few teams that can even come close to matching up with the Red Sox who have two of the top MVP candidates in the league.
Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez have been amazing for the BoSox. Betts is hitting .338 with 29 home runs and 28 stolen bases. He’s got a .433 OBP and 1.054 OPS in 128 games. Martinez has played 140 games and made Sox fans say, “David Ortiz, who?” when talking about DHs. He’s having an Ortiz-like season with a .328/.398/.628 slash line with 41 homers and 122 RBIs. He has a chance at the Triple Crown, though it appears he may fall just a bit short.
In any case, that duo is better than any in baseball, even Judge and Giancarlo Stanton who themselves have combined for 60 homers.
Of course, both teams are more than just those two batters. The Yankees have Gleybar Torres, Miguel Andujar, Aaron Hicks and so many others while the Sox have Andrew Benintendi, Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland. Both teams have lineups that go nine-deep.
On the mound, the Sox have the advantage in the starting rotation, including in this game, but the Yankees have the better bullpen ERA, albeit by just a bit. Both rank in the top-5 in baseball. Things get even closer when you consider the Yankees are still without Aroldis Chapman—though he is getting close—and the Sox have Craig Kimbrel.
With Chris Sale dealing with injury issues, the veteran southpaw has taken up the mantle of team ace and has pitched very well since the All-Star break, going 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in his last nine starts. While the recent numbers are good, overall, he’s struggled against the Yankees this year and in his Red Sox career. In fact, he’s 0-5 with a 10.44 ERA in five starts at Yankee Stadium since joining the Sox.
The Yankees have tagged him for 14 runs in 10.1 innings on the year, but Price did hold them to just two runs in six innings in his last start against him. He’s pitching better overall in the last couple months and his performance against the Bronx Bombers in his last start backs that up.
Overall, the Sox are 21-7 when Price takes the ball and are 10-1 in his last 11 games. The lefty is 15-6 with a 3.42 ERA, 1.105 WHIP and 3.64 FIP overall this season, tossing 165.2 innings in 28 starts.
It’s been a tough second half for the Yankee ace as he’s pitched to a 3-6 record and 6.43 ERA since July 12, but he’s starting to show some signs of turning this around. Still, Aaron Boone has had a short leash on him of late and the Bronx Bombers need him to turn things around if they’re to win this game or have much success in October.
Severino pitched well in his last start, allowing a single run in 5.2 innings, but was pulled after 83 pitches. He’s only made it through six innings once in his last six games. In those six games, he’s allowed three runs or less four times, but has a terrible 2.2 innings, six run line on his ledger against Oakland, too. As for the four games with three runs or less, those all came against losing teams. He needs to prove himself against winning teams again. After all, he struggled in his last start against Boston, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings, taking the loss.
Overall, the numbers still look good for Severino who is 17-8. The Yankees are 22-8 in his 30 starts as he’s pitched to a 3.46 ERA, 1.143 WHIP and 2.99 FIP.
Red Sox vs. YankeesPicks
While Price’s history against the Yankees is shaky at best, he’s throwing very well right now and should continue to find success.
Count on Price to have a solid performance as he continues to put this rotation on his shoulders while Chris Sale’s health remains an issue. He’s throwing well and did so against the Yankees last time out, look for him to build off his momentum with another good outing. Judge’s return could provide the Yankee lineup a bigger spark and Price will likely allow a few runs, but he should keep Boston in this game.
Meanwhile, on the other side, look for Severino’s second half issues to continue as the Sox take advantage of his struggles and loss of confidence. He’s been bad, particularly against the better teams, and his stuff has flattened out. The Sox are the best offense in baseball and can certainly take advantage of his issues.
This should be a fun game but look for the Sox to further distance themselves from Yankees in the AL East with a win on Wednesday night. Bet this game now at BookMaker.eu as it’s sure to get plenty of action.
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Red Sox vs. YankeesScore Prediction: Boston 6, New York 4