Drew Pomeranz (8-9, 3.09 ERA) and Nathan Eovaldi (9-8, 4.80 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (61-50) and the New York Yankees (56-56) at Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the last game 5-3, and Boston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 10 and can be seen on NESN, YES and ESPN.
Pomeranz pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking six in a 3-2 win over the Mariners. David Ortiz (.309, 50 Rs, 25 HRs, 88 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one RBI. Eovaldi went 7.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out five and walking two in a 4-1 defeat to the Mets in his last outing. Carlos Beltran (.305, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 68 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Boston is a -175 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Red Sox have an overall money line of -446 and a record as the favorite of 44-35. Within its division, Boston has a 14-12 record as favorite and a 22-20 record SU. The Red Sox have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.4 runs per game. The Red Sox lead the AL in hits at home with an impressive 10.5 per game. Boston's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.3 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.6.
As for their opponent, New York is coming in with an overall money line of -534 and a disappointing record of 18-32 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-4 record and a 4-6 record SU. Offensively, the Yankees have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.1 runs per game by averaging 3.1 in those contests. The Yankees average 4.4 runs allowed per game, but does better whenever another team from the AL East is on the schedule. They bring that runs allowed average down to 4.0 against division foes.
The Red Sox have controlled the season series, 7-3. The Red Sox have a 48-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Eovaldi takes the mound. Pomeranz (LHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 15-19 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
The Yankees are struggling at 14-24 in their division, while the Red Sox sit at 22-20.
The Red Sox managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with a 15-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 6-31. The Yankees have an 11-45 record when opponents outhit them.
New York ranks near the bottom of the league at 24th when it comes to home runs, hitting 111 this season. Boston ranks in the top half with 139.
Ranking first in hits, Boston has earned 9.96 per game this season. New York ranks 13th with 8.35 hits.
Boston ranks at the top of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage of .817. New York ranks near the bottom at 28th with an OPS of .704.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 34-45, well-matched with the Red Sox who are 35-41 when allowing at least one homer.