Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.47 ERA) and Michael Pineda (9-8, 4.19 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (61-70) and the New York Yankees (72-58) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 4-3 and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 1 and can be seen on YES, NESN and MLBN.
Porcello pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs and striking out five in a 3-0 win over the White Sox. David Ortiz (.267, 58 Rs, 29 HRs, 80 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Pineda went 4.1 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking one in a 6-2 defeat to the Astros in his last outing. Alex Rodriguez (.256, 69 Rs, 26 HRs, 71 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
New York takes on Boston as a -130 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -1,362 and a record as the underdog of 27-31. Boston has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 10-13 and 20-30 as the underdog and SU respectively. The Red Sox lead the AL in hits at home with a phenomenal 10.1 per game. Boston's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.6 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.8.
In the other locker room, New York is coming in with an overall money line of +342 and an impressive record of 47-30 as the favorite. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 17-11 record against AL East rivals, and a 28-22 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.9 runs per game, which is good for second in the AL. The Yankees are tough outs for opponents, ranking fifth in the AL with 8.8 hits per game. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.4 per game, ranking third in the AL.
The Yankees lead the season series, 8-5. The Red Sox have a 45-49 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Pineda takes the mound. Porcello (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 50-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Red Sox are 21-30 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 28-23 against their division.
Boston recorded at least two errors for the 17th time this season.
The Red Sox managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 7-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 12-59. The Yankees have a 14-45 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 171.
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 8.80.
Ranking sixth, Boston is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.739). New York ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .757.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 36-45. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 30-57 record.