Masahiro Tanaka (0-1, 9.00 ERA) and Clay Buchholz (1-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (1-4) and the Boston Red Sox (4-1) at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox won the last game 8-4 and Boston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 12 and can be seen on ESPN.
Tanaka pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 6-1 defeat to the Blue Jays. Alex Rodriguez (.278 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. When pitching against the Yankees, Buchholz is 5-7 with a 5.64 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 52 strikeouts. Hanley Ramirez (.318 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 3 for 9 yesterday.
New York is a narrow -111 favorite at home against Boston. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Yankees have an overall money line of -234 and a record as the favorite of 1-2. New York has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 1-2 and 1-3 as the favorite and SU respectively. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 16. Turning to the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who rank second in the AL in strikeouts per game with 9.7.
As for their opponent, Boston has a perfect record of 2-0 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of +166 at this point in the season. Boston is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 5.7 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Red Sox are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.89 for the season.
The Red Sox have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS, O/U - Over
The Red Sox hold a perfect 2-0 against the division, while the Yankees sit at 1-4.
When leading after 7 innings, Boston is 1-1, while New York is 0-2.
The Yankees managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Red Sox who are coming in with a 4-0 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Red Sox have a slight leg up on the Yankees, as the Red Sox have won their last three games while the Yankees have lost their last three.
Tied at third for total home runs, New York and Boston have each hit six homers this season.
Ranking 13th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 5.67 per game. Boston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 7.67.
Ranking 16th, New York is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.623). Boston ranks in the top half at 11th with an OPS of .684.
The Red Sox are 2-1 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 0-3 when they allow at least one homer.