Rick Porcello (4-0, 3.51 ERA) and Michael Pineda (1-2, 6.95 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (13-10) and the New York Yankees (8-13) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 4-2, and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 30 and can be seen on NESN, WPIX and MLBN.
Porcello pitched 6.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 1-0 win over the Braves. David Ortiz (.307, 11 Rs, 4 HRs, 18 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Pineda went 5.0 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out nine and walking one in an 8-1 defeat to the Rays in his most recent start. Starlin Castro (.304, 4 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Yankees, going 2 for 3 yesterday.
The odds for Boston and New York are Red Sox -130, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
The Red Sox have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
This season, the Red Sox hold an even 7-7 record against AL East teams. The Yankees sit at 3-4 against these opponents.
The Red Sox are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 1-3 when opponents' pitchers have five strikeouts or less.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 0-11. The Red Sox have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Boston ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 18 this season. New York ranks in the top half with 22.
Ranking 20th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 7.90 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 9.74.
Ranking 26th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.679). Boston ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .780.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 4-9. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have an 8-8 record.