Tonight is the rubber match of a great series in MLB betting action between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
It’s amazing to think that the Sox are still three games below .500 and would need to win out for the rest of the season to get to 100 wins on the campaign. Of course, it’s also hard to believe that Josh Beckett is just 5-10 on the season after 20 starts. The righty really feels like he has hit the end of his rope. He has just one since May, and he has had nine straight starts without a quality start. Beckett has allowed more hits (124) than he has innings pitched (121.1), and he has a 5.19 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Of course, the only reason that WHIP is so low is thanks to the fact that he is walking just over a batter and a half per start. Of course, he’s only averaging right at six innings per start, which is awfully unlike Beckett as well. Over the course of his last two starts, Beckett has allowed 14 runs in 10.1 innings of work, and he just isn’t getting any better as time is going on.
The Yankees really needed to nail down their starting rotation with CC Sabathia out of the lineup. Hiroki Kuroda was the man that answered the bell in a big time way. The Japanese sensation threw a complete game shutout against the Texas Rangers, who feature one of the toughest lineups in baseball in his last outing, allowing just two hits and two walks. He now has five quality starts in six times out, and that has gotten him to an 11-8 record and a 3.06 ERA. Kuroda has a 1.15 WHIP, and batters are hitting .245 against him. Anyone who thought that moving to the Bronx from Los Angeles was going to kill Kuroda was just downright wrong. He has basically the same K/BB ratio, a lower WHIP, lower batting average against, and right at the same ERA as he did last year. On top of that, he has two complete game shutouts this year, doubling this total for the season. Three more victories, and he’ll have a career high in that department to boot.
Once again, we just can’t back Beckett and the Red Sox. There’s just no reason for it whatsoever. Boston has still been a wreck, and the offense just isn’t clicking the way that it needs to, and in all likelihood, with Beckett on the mound, scoring three or four runs just isn’t going to cut it. New York 7 – Boston 3