Wade Miley (1-2, 8.62 ERA) and Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 4.15 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (12-11) and the New York Yankees (14-9) at Fenway Park. The Yankees won the last game 3-2 and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 2 and can be seen on YES, NESN and MLB Network.
Miley pitched 2.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs (one unearned) and walking two in an 18-7 defeat to the Orioles. Pablo Sandoval (.321, 12 Rs, 2 HRs, 11 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. When pitching against the Red Sox, Eovaldi is 0-0 with a 5.06 ERA, 1.69 WHIP, and one strike out. Brett Gardner (.308, 15 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Boston is a -133 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 +18 and a record as the favorite of 8-6. Within its division, Boston has a 5-4 record as favorite and an 8-8 record SU. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Red Sox, who rank third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
Over in the other dugout, New York is coming in with an overall money line of +353 and an impressive record of 6-4 as the dog. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 3-1 record, and a 7-3 record SU. Offensively, they average 5.0 runs per game, which is good for fifth in the AL. The Yankees have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 78 extra base hits. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.8 per game, ranking second in the AL. The Yankees allow 3.8 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.8 runs per game during that span.
The Red Sox have a 10-8 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Eovaldi takes the mound. Miley (LHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 4-3 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Red Sox hold an 8-9 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Yankees' record in these matchups is 9-7.
Boston and New York have both won 50% (5-5) of their games when they lead after 7 innings.
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 9-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-11. The Yankees have a 3-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking seventh in home runs, Boston has hit 27 this season. New York ranks third with 30 home runs.
Ranking sixth, New York is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.27 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.64.
Ranking 13th, Boston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). New York ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .743.
When the Yankees allow at least one home run, they are 6-6. When the Red Sox allow one or more homers, they have a 6-10 record.