Tonight the New York Yankees (38-19) will host the Boston Red Sox (29-29) on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, marking the finale of the three game AL East set from Yankee Stadium. Boston will trot out David Price, who’s season statline is 2-2 with 53 strikeouts and a 2.83 ERA. Price is nearly dead even in his career against the Yankees with a 15-14 record, 213 strikeouts and a 4.90 ERA. Unfortunately Boston is 1-4 in Price’s last 5 starts and 2-6 in their last 8 games overall. The worst part is that Price is 0-6 in his last six road starts against the Yankees.
CC Sabathia will be looking for career win 250 tonight when he takes the hill for the Bronx Bombers. Sabathia season statline is 3-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 34 strikeouts on the year. Sabathia has a 18-13 career record against Boston with 233 strikeouts and a 4.14 ERA. The Yankees are 6-2 in Sabathia’s last 8 starts and 35-16 in their last 51 overall games, while the over is 7-2 in Sabathia’s last 9 division starts.
The Yankees are holding a slim two-game lead over Tampa in the AL East standings, while Boston currently sits in third place being 8.5-games behind New York. Things look to be falling apart in Boston after they’ve lost four of their last ten games. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia recently left the team indefinitely to be with his family while World Series MVP Steve Pearce was recently placed back on the injured list.
DJ LeMahieu (R), 2B
Luke Voit (R), 1B
Gary Sanchez (R), C
Gleyber Torres (R), SS
Aaron Hicks (S), DH
Clint Frazier (R), RF
Gio Urshela (R), 3B
Cameron Maybin (R), LF
Brett Gardner (L), CF
The Yankees are looking to complete the sweep after picking up another win yesterday. Gary Sanchez smacked a two run homer, while DJ LeMahieu drove in two runs and Gio Urshela drove in one. Luke Voit and Kendrys Morales also collected three hits while Gleyber Torres and Brett Gardner each added base hits of their own in the victory. Domingo German took the hill and gave up three runs on six hits and struck out eight in 3.2 innings, resulting in a no decision. That left Chad Green to come in and pick up the win, and Aroldis Chapman to close out the 9th for his 16th save of the year. In his career.
38-year-old C.C. Sabathia will come out from the 10-day injured list for today against Boston. Sabathia has pitched his way to a 3-1 record with a 3.48 ERA through his first eight starts. He’ll be looking to rebound after allowing four earned runs in five innings in his last start against Baltimore. Sabathia has managed to neutralize Red Sox hitters over the past three seasons with a 6-1 record and a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts. In 2018, he was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against the Red Sox. For his entire career Sabathia is 18-13 with a 4.14 ERA and 233 strikeouts against Boston. Heading into tonight the current Red Sox roster is batting .246 in 222 plate appearances off of Sabathia.
Mookie Betts (R), RF
Andrew Benintendi (L), LF
J.D Martinez (R), DH
Xander Bogaerts (R), SS
Rafael Devers (L), 3B
Michael Chavis (R), 1B
Eduardo Nunez (R), 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr (L), CF
Christian Vazquez (R), C
Red Sox Analysis
Boston is looking to avoid the sweep after losing yesterday 5-3. Sandy Leon went 3 for 3 with two RBIs while Xander Bogaerts went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and a double. Brock Holt also had a good day going 2 for 4 while Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez each added a base hit in the loss. Rick Porcello took the loss on the mound and fell to 4-4. He allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out five in 4.2 innings pitched.
Boston will hand the ball to veteran lefty David Price who’s started the season strong with a 2-2 record and a stellar 2.83 ERA through nine starts. Aside from a start in which he was removed because of illness, Price has completed six innings or more in six of his other eight outings. He tossed six shutout innings and only gave up three hits to the Cleveland Indians. He’s also allowed zero earned runs over his last 11 ⅔ frames, and hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs since April 5. and he comes in with a 2-2 record to go along with a stellar 2.83 ERA through his first nine starts.
Bogaerts has been red hot against the Yankees, going 6-for-16 (.375) with two doubles, one home run and one RBI this season. Holt has also picked up a hit in his last four games. Boston statistically has the edge over New York in a number of offensive categories, including batting average (.259 to .258), on-base percentage (.340 to .335), runs scored (307 to 305), hits (522 to 497), doubles (107 to 80), total bases (887 to 863) and RBIs (288 to 286).
Yankees vs Red Sox Betting Odds
Ceasar’s and Westgate both have the money-line set at Boston -120 and New York +110. Both also have the over under set at 10 runs. David Price has had some well-chronicled struggles against the Yankees over the past three seasons, going just 2-7 with a 7.71 ERA in his last 11 starts against the Yankees. During that span he’s been even worse at Yankee Stadium finishing 0-6 with a 9.79 ERA in six outings.
The current Yankees lineup is hitting .277 in 215 plate appearances off of Price heading into Sunday’s matchup. StatCast pegs them for an expected batting average of .264 off of Price for Sunday’s game. As opposed to Boston hitters who StatCast projects an expected batting average of .242 and an expected slugging percentage of .322 versus Sabathia tonight.
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