Michael Pineda (12-8, 3.99 ERA) and the New York Yankees (86-70) go up against Rick Porcello (8-14, 5.04 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (76-80) in the second of a four-game division series at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox won the last game 5-1 and Boston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and will air on YES, NESN and ESPN.
In his last start, Pineda pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run and striking out six in a 3-2 victory over the White Sox. Alex Rodriguez (.252, 81 Rs, 32 HRs, 85 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. The Red Sox were unsuccessful to the Rays 6-2 the last time Porcello pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs (one unearned), striking out eight and walking one. Mookie Betts (.292, 88 Rs, 15 HRs, 72 RBIs, 20 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Against teams in the AL East, the Yankees have a SU record of 37-32. The Yankees come into the game with the second-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. The Yankees rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 485. The Yankees typically don't swing at bad pitches, which has led to an impressive 3.3 walks per home game. New York's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 2.8 during that span, compared to its 4.2 season average.
Against teams in their division, the Red Sox are 32-40 SU. The Red Sox average 3.0 walks per road game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL when they travel.
The Yankees have gotten the best of the Red Sox in head-to-head matchups this season, going 10-6. The Yankees will take on a right-hander (Porcello) in this game and have a 60-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Pineda will take the mound against the Red Sox, who have a 54-57 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
The Yankees are 37-33 against their divisional rivals, while the Red Sox are 33-40 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Yankees are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Red Sox have a 27-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 15-66. The Yankees have a 20-55 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Boston has hit 154 this season. New York ranks third with 207 home runs.
Ranking eighth, New York is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.64 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 9.29.
Ranking sixth, Boston is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.745). New York ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .747.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 37-64. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 43-55 record.