Henry Owens (0-0, 8.10 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (12-10) meet Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.92 ERA) and the New York Yankees (8-12) in the first of a three-game division series at Fenway Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 29 and will air on NESN, YES and MLBN.
In his last start, Owens pitched 3.1 innings, giving up three runs, striking out four and walking four in a 7-5 victory over the Astros. Dustin Pedroia (.337, 18 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. The Yankees were victorious over the Rays 3-2 the last time Tanaka pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking one. Starlin Castro (.289, 4 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Yankees, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one RBI.
The odds are New York Yankees -115 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
This season, the Yankees hold an even 3-3 record against AL East teams. The Red Sox sit at 6-7 against these opponents.
When leading after seven innings, Boston is 6-4, while New York is 5-4.
The Yankees are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Red Sox have a record of 4-2 when opponents' pitchers have six strikeouts or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Red Sox are 11-2. The Yankees have an 8-1 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, New York sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 72 this season. Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 114.
Ranking 18th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 67 this season. Boston ranks in the top half at 11th with 73.
The Red Sox are 7-5 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with an 8-6 record.