Justin Masterson (2-0, 5.16 ERA) and CC Sabathia (0-4, 5.96 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Boston Red Sox (12-10) and the New York Yankees (13-9) at Fenway Park. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 1 and can be seen on YES and NESN.
Hanley Ramirez (.293, 16 Rs, 10 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. When pitching against the Red Sox, Pineda is 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 21 strikeouts. Chris Young (.305, 10 Rs, 5 HRs, 11 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Yankees, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Boston and New York are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Boston has a record of 8-8 SU. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Red Sox, who rank third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
The Yankees are 8-7 against teams in their division. 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 75 extra base hits. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.8 per game, ranking third 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 lead the season series, 2-1. Masterson (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 9-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY
The Red Sox are an even 8-8 against the division, while the Yankees sit at 8-7.
When leading after 7 innings, Boston is 5-4, while New York is 4-5.
The Red Sox are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 4-4 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Red Sox are 1-10. The Yankees have a 3-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Boston ranks in the top 10 of the league at seventh when it comes to home runs, hitting 26 this season. New York ranks in the top five at second with 29.
Ranking seventh, 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 (.711). New York ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .741.
The Yankees are 5-6 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Red Sox are 6-9 when they allow at least one homer.