Arch rivals in the American League East meet for the start of a weekend series in the Bronx, where MLB bettors will love to take in this clash between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
Needless to say, matters in Beantown have been atrocious. The Sox are closer to being in last place in the entire league than they are to the playoffs, they just barely avoided a sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles, the clubhouse is fractured, and there is a heck of a lot of complaining going on about Manager Bobby Valentine. Needless to say, now’s not a good time to be going to Yankee Stadium. Boston probably has to sweep this series to feel like it realistically has much of any chance of getting into the postseason, as the team is 6.5 games out from the Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays. Lefty Franklin Morales will get the first crack at the Bronx Bombers in this series. Morales is 3-3 with a 3.29 ERA, but it must be noted that he has pitched 28 times in relief against just eight times as a starter. At times, Morales can be wild, as he is averaging a walk every other inning that he pitches. He is good for over a strikeout an inning this year though, and that will more than make up for all of the walks. Against New York in his career, Morales has been downright bad, allowing seven runs and 11 hits in 8.2 innings of work, including conceding four dingers.
New York has to be licking its chops for this series. It is the first team in American League to get to 70 wins this year, and there is a real chance to both put the AL East crown away and get rid of the Red Sox once and for all with a good result here in the Big Apple. Phil Hughes is going to get the ball on Friday night, and if recent history holds up, he’ll factor into the decision somehow. Hughes already has 21 decisions this year – an 11-10 mark – in just 23 starts. He has had two straight terrible outings, allowing 11 runs in a combined 8.1 innings of work. Both of those outings were on the road though, and now Hughes is back in the Bronx, where he has an 8-3 mark and a 3.74 ERA on the campaign. The bad news for Hughes? He has been terrible against the Sox, posting a 3-6 record and a 6.17 ERA in 58.1 innings of work.
There is just no reason whatsoever to want to back the Red Sox right now. They’re a train wreck that we are watching happen in front of our very eyes, and even though the Yanks are constantly overrated, so too, are the Sox. New York 8 – Boston 5