Henry Owens (2-1, 4.03 ERA) and the Boston Red Sox (61-71) go up against Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62 ERA) and the New York Yankees (73-58) in the last of a three-game division series at Fenway Park. The Yankees won the last game 3-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 2 and will air on YES, NESN and MLBN.
In his last start, Owens pitched 5.0 innings, giving up one, striking out six and walking four in a 6-4 loss to the Mets. Mookie Betts (.274, 66 Rs, 13 HRs, 63 RBIs, 17 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Yankees were victorious over the Braves 15-4 the last time Tanaka pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out seven and walking one. Alex Rodriguez (.256, 70 Rs, 26 HRs, 71 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Boston is a +135 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. The Red Sox are 27-31 as the underdog and have an overall money line of -1,262. They have disappointing records of 10-13 as the underdog and 21-30 SU within their division. The Red Sox lead the AL in hits at home with 10.1 per game. Whenever an AL East opponent shows up on the calendar, the Red Sox seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 4.8 runs per game, but allow 5.4 against teams from their own division.
On the other side, the Yankees have a nice record of 47-30 when they are favored and are +242 overall with the money line. Against teams in their division, they are 28-23 SU and 17-11 as the favorite. They sport the second-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.8 runs per game. One of the top hitting teams in the AL are the Yankees, who average 8.8 hits per game. The Yankees average 3.4 walks per game, making them one of the most disciplined teams in the AL.
The Yankees have mostly come out on top against the Red Sox in their previous 14 games this season, earning a 9-5 record. The Red Sox will take on a right-hander (Tanaka) in this game and have a 46-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Yankees will be the left-hander Owens. They sport a 22-15 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Red Sox are 21-31 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 29-23 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Red Sox are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Yankees have an 18-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 12-59. The Yankees have a 15-45 record when opponents outhit them.
Boston ranks in the top half of the league at 15th when it comes to home runs, hitting 128 this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 172.
Boston and New York both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Boston sits at third with 9.18 hits per game and New York ranks fifth with 8.81.
Ranking sixth, Boston is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.737). New York ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .755.
The Yankees are 36-45 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 30-58 when they allow at least one homer.