Leading up to game two of this AL East battle, the Yankees (60-62, 35-29 home) will send Gerrit Cole to the mound to take on the Red Sox (64-58, 29-30 away) and Kutter Crawford. Find out who I like to come out on top in this Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees matchup in New York.
BOSTON RED SOX VS NEW YORK YANKEES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Boston Red Sox +139
This game will be played at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 ET on Saturday, August 19th.
WHY BET THE BOSTON RED SOX:
- In their last five games, the Red Sox have a record of 3-2.
- Boston has the leg up over the Yankees so far this year at 6-1.
- The Red Sox have gone 1-3 in Gerrit Cole’s last four starts.
BOSTON RED SOX SEEK TO IMPROVE THEIR ROAD RECORD
On a record of 64-58, the Red Sox find themselves in 4th place in the AL East. When playing away from home, Boston is just 29-30 and come into the game with an overall series record of 20-16-3.
Today marks Kutter Crawford’s 24th outing of the season, with an overall record of 5-6. His ERA is 3.80 and opponents have a .280 OBP against him. He has fanned 89 batters and his WHIP is 1.13. On the road, his ERA is 2.17 while it stands at 6.47 when pitching at home.
In his most recent outing versus the Tigers, Kutter Crawford tossed 4 2/3 frames, allowing two runs on three hits. Although he did not factor into the decision, Crawford’s efforts enabled the Red Sox to secure a 6-3 triumph.
Having gone deep 12 times in their last ten games, the Red Sox are 7th in that span. At 4.9 runs per game, Boston is 7th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .262 while hitting a total of 138 home runs (17th).
The Red Sox have seen Alex Verdugo’s bat heat up over their last five contests, with the outfielder leading the team in hits and posting a .546 average. Verdugo has been a steady presence in the lineup all season, batting .275 and driving in 46 runs.
WILL THE NEW YORK YANKEES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Looking to snap a six game losing streak, the Yankees are in 5th place in the AL East. New York’s overall record sits at 60-62 while going 25-33 on the road and 35-29 at home, respectively. So far, they have played in 39 series, and have gone 16-16-7.
Gerrit Cole has gone at least six innings in eight consecutive starts, boasting a 10-3 record and 2.76 ERA. His WHIP stands at 1.05, while his K/BB ratio is 166/42 and opponents have managed a .325 slugging percentage against him. In 25 appearances this season, the opposition has mustered a meager .210 batting average against the right-hander.
In his latest start, Gerrit Cole threw six strong innings, allowing two runs but not earning a decision. Despite his best efforts, the Yankees were unable to come away with a win, falling to the Marlins 8-7.
In their ten most recent games, the Yankees have put together a batting average of only .224, placing them 25th compared to the rest of the league. At 4.2 runs per game, New York is 19th in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .231 and OPS of .706 which has them 20th in baseball.
Aaron Judge is the current home-run leader for the Yankees in 2023, with 23 long balls and 47 RBIs to his name. His slugging percentage for the year stands at an impressive .621.