New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox meet on Wednesday for game two of their MLB Baseball season opening series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are -115 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The New York Yankees entered Monday’s season opener against Boston banged up and they left it feeling worse as they were battered early and often by the Red Sox. Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano, and Kevin Youklis were among the six Yankees who got one hit each but it all amounted to just two runs which wasn’t nearly enough to get it done. C.C. Sabathia was hit hard allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out five over five innings to take the loss and Joba Chamberlain eliminated any chances of a comeback allowing three hits and three runs in just two-thirds of an inning of work. The Yankees look to bounce back on Wednesday as they start Hiroki Kuroda who got off to a slow start last year. In his first season with the Yankees Kuroda went 16-11 while striking out 167 but allowing a career high 25 home runs over 219.2 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox had a disappointing season in 2012 but they looked to quickly erase it from their memories as they pounded the Yankees on Monday. Jacoby Ellsbury and Jose Iglesias each had three hits and Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, and Jonny Gomes each had two hits as the Red Sox scored eight runs on 13 hits in the route. Jon Lester allowed five hits and two runs while striking out seven over five innings to get the win and five other Boston pitchers took the hill including new closer Joel Hanrahan who didn’t allow a base runner in an inning of work. For Wednesday’s game the Red Sox give the ball to Clay Buchholz who lost his last five decisions in 2012. Last year Buchholz went 11-8 with a 4.56 ERA allowing 187 hits and striking out 129 over 189.1 innings of work.
New York is 11-3 in their last 14 games following a loss, 13-5 in their last 18 against the A.L. East, and 9-3 in Kuroda’s last 12 starts against a team with a winning record. Boston is 7-19 in their last 26 road games, 2-6 in their last eight games following an off day, and 1-4 in Buchholz’s last five road starts. Boston is 1-4 in their last five games in New York.
While Monday’s game went over the total I see this one going over as well.