Date/Time: September 15th, 8:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Nova (New York) vs. Buchholz (Boston)
Moneyline: Red Sox -165
The Boston Red Sox are continuing to pour it on in the AL East race, and they are starting to tick down towards their magic number for clinching a bid in the playoffs. They could help get the job done on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball betting festivities in this one against the hated New York Yankees at Fenway Park.
The Bronx Bombers have suffered their 70th loss of the season, and the question is going to start to arise as to whether they have already not done enough to get into the playoffs. There are just 13 games remaining, and the team is four back in the loss column of both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers. Translation: If both Tampa Bay and Texas can manage to go 10-5 in their last 15 games of the campaign, it’s all said and done with. It’s a scary position to be in for sure, and RHP Ivan Nova is going to have to give it his all to win this one. The Yankees have won seven of the last eight starts that Nova has made dating back to the beginning of August, though he hasn’t always been at his best in the thick of all of that. For example, in his last two starts combined, Nova has only lasted a total of 10 innings, and he has allowed 11 hits and seven runs in that stretch. He has to do better than that in this one if he wants to keep up with the Sox.
Boston probably only needs a few more wins to ensure that they will have the best record in the American League this year. The team has a dozen games left, and even just three more wins will certainly be enough to win the division, while another couple more on top of that will ensure that the road to the World Series goes through Fenway Park. This one though, is more about keeping RHP Clay Buchholz in line to start in two weeks for the start of the postseason. Buchholz has only made one start since June, and he was solid in that outing. The righty threw 74 pitches and allowed just three hits and a walk in five scoreless frames against the Rays. He’s 10-0 on the season with a 1.61 ERA, and if this keeps up, this is exactly what the Red Sox would need to be able to pose a real threat to win it all. Having that true ace starter is really all that separates them from definitely being one of the elite teams that can do the most damage in the game.
The Red Sox are rolling, while the Yankees are slumping. The recipe just isn’t good right now for the Bronx Bombers, and we’re wondering if they have completely given up on the campaign. Go with Boston to add to the misery of the hated Yanks on Sunday Night Baseball in fine form.
New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox Pick: Boston Red Sox -165
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