The New York Yankees (80-52) sit just 1 1/2 games back of the Boston Red Sox (82-51) as the two storied franchises meet once again today for the start of another 3-game series from Fenway Park. Boston has simply dominated the Yankees this season winning 10 of the 12 games played between the two teams, and this series marks to count down of the final 6 games between these two clubs before the start of the playoffs beginning in October.
In order for the Yankees to save some face in this season’s series with Boston, they’ll have to start with a better performance tonight out of staff ace C.C. Sabathia (17-7, 2.99 ERA), who has simply been owned by Boston this year, going 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA against the BoSox. He’ll get a rematch of the August 6th outing against John Lackey (12-9, 5.98 ERA), who prevailed in a 10-4 game as the Boston bats provided plenty of run support at home against Sabathia.
Though Lackey has continually struggled in the last month of outings, if his run support continues to be high, he’ll continue to win regardless of the competition on the mound (as his 3-1 record with a 5.34 ERA in August suggests). However, taking in the fact that Lackey is due to have a poor outing against New York, and Sabathia is far overdue to have a good match-up against Boston, the betting lines seem to be point towards a wager on New York to gain ground in the AL East race this evening.
Betting Lines at Sportsbetting.ag Sportsbook:
New York is a favorite to win tonight behind Sabathia at Sportsbetting.ag, with the Yankees getting -135 odds on the money line, while Boston comes in at a +115 underdog with John Lackey on the mound. New York gives up 1 1/2 runs at +120 odds, while Boston gets 1 1/2 runs at -140 odds. Over/under at 9 1/2 takes into consideration Sabathia’s high ERA against Boston this year, and also John Lackey’s propensity to give up lots of runs in any circumstance.
Our Pick to Win:
As mentioned above, it’s high time C.C. Sabathia stepped up for the Yankees in this series, as that’s what he’s paid ‘C.C. Sabathia money’ to do. Throw the season record out the door tonight, Sabathia outduels Lackey as the New York bats get to him early and often leading to a Yankees win. On a side note, with the Yankees giving up 1 1/2 runs at +120 odds, this could be a good game for going all in on the Yankees to cover the points spread, making you some decent money in this featured match-up tonight.
Players to Watch, Boston:
Dustin Pedroia, 2B – Man I’m glad I didn’t trade this guy from my fantasy roster mid-year. Hitting .308 for the season, .311 in August, .439 against the Yankees, AND .600 (6-for-10) against Sabathia, he’s one to watch out for in this series.
David Ortiz, DH – Ortiz picked up where he left off following a foot injury, hitting .550 in the last week with 3 homers and 7 RBIs. He’s hitting .409 in August with 7 homers and 18 RBIs, extremely impressive when considering he’s missed 9 games this month.
Players to Watch, New York:
Curtis Granderson, CF – Even his bad weeks are productive. Though hitting just .192 last week, he still managed 3 homers and 9 RBIs out of his 5 hits in 26 at-bats. He’s hit a whopping 10 homers and 29 RBIs in August while batting .303 to put his season currently at .276 average, 38 homers, 107 RBIs and 122 runs scored. Guaranteed production out of this All-Star in this series.
Robinson Cano, 2B – Mr. Consistency continues onward. He’s hitting .340 in August with 7 jacks and 27 RBIs, to up his season line to .304, 23 homers, 95 RBIs. However, he’s only hitting .227 against Boston with 1 home run and 4 RBIs in 44 at-bats, something that needs to change over the final 6 games these teams play against one another.