Matchup: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Friday, July 19, 7:10 p.m. (ET)
Television: MLB Network
Money Line: New York (+132) Boston (-142)
Total Line: 9.5
The Yankees begin the second half of the season with a crucial series against their bitter rivals considering that they trail Boston by six full games for the lead in the AL East. They went 5-5 in their last 10 games before the All-Star break and are now 51-44 overall. New York heads to Fenway with a 23-21 record on the road this season. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last eight games.
Injuries have taken their toll on the Yankees’ lineup this season as they are currently ranked 11th in the American League in scoring with an average of 3.9 runs a game. Fortunately their pitching has held up with a staff ERA of 3.74 that is ranked third in the AL. New York will send Andy Pettitte to the mound as its starter for Friday night. The left-hander is 2-3 in his last six starts with a disappointing 5.35 ERA. Overall he is 7-6 on the year with an ERA of 4.39. Lifetime against the Red Sox, Pettitte is 16-9 with a 4.03 ERA.
Boston’s lead over Tampa Bay in the division is down to just 2.5 games after going 5-5 in its last 10 games while the Rays reeled-off nine victories in their last 10 games. The Red Sox are still an AL-best 58-39 on the year and a solid 31-16 at home. The total stayed UNDER in their last three games before the All-Star break.
This team’s success this season has revolved around a formidable lineup that leads the Majors in scoring with an average of 5.1 runs a game. It has a slugging percentage of .433 and a team batting average of .277. The Red Sox are ranked seventh in the AL in pitching with a team ERA of 3.91. They will go with Felix Doubront as their starter for this series opener. He has not allowed more than three earned runs in nine of his last 11 starts and is now 6-3 on the year with a 3.91 ERA. The left-hander is 2-1 against New York with an ERA of 2.52.
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Boston has had its share of troubles against its rival over the past few seasons but it has a 4-2 edge in the first six games of this season’s series. It comes into this game with a clear edge at the plate and a slight edge on the mound given Pettitte’s current form. The Red Sox are 5-1 in the first game of their last six series and make it six of seven with the win on Friday night.
Boston 6 New York 3
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