New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry on Friday night at Yankee Stadium as they meet for game one of their weekend series. The Yankees are -165 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 10.5.
The New York Yankees are turning this season into a statement as despite struggles on their West Coast trip they are still big leaders in the American League East. The Yankees are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 30-17 at home this season, and they have a 7.5 game lead over the second place Orioles. As a team the Yankees are hitting .263 with Robinson Cano at .319, Derek Jeter at .311, and Mark Teixeira at .262. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.67 with the starters at 3.90 and the bullpen at 3.15. For game one against the Red Sox New York starts Phil Hughes who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Hughes has allowed 115 hits and 52 earned runs while striking out 102 over 114.1 innings of work for a 4.09 ERA.
The Boston Red Sox have fought through injuries and troubles all season long and right now it looks to be too much for them to overcome. The Red Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 24-22 on the road this season, and in last place in the AL East 10.5 games behind the Yankees. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .266 with Will Middlebrooks at .297, Adrian Gonzalez at .291, and Jacoby Ellsbury at .282. As a team the Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.25 with the starters at 4.85 and the bullpen at 3.11. Fo r game one at Yankee Stadium Boston starts Aaron Cook who lost his last two decisions and is coming off of his worst outing of the year. For the season Cook has allowed 34 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out just three over 36 innings of work for a 3.50 ERA.
New York is 4-0 in their last four games against the AL East, 38-18 I their last 56 games overall, and 20-6 in Hughes’ last 26 starts against a team with a losing record. Boston is 1-4 in their last five games against the AL East, 1-5 in their last six games overall, and 2-5 in their last seven road games against a right handed starter. Boston is 7-2 in their last nine games in New York.
The total in this one is set at 10.5 and I look for this one to sail past that number.