Matchup: Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Date/Time: September 3, 7:05 p.m. ET
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: BOS: Anthony Ranaudo (3-0, 4.50) v. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.88)
Moneyline: New York -145
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will once again grace the national audience with their presence as the latest matchup between these AL East foes will be shown on ESPN. The Red Sox and Yankees were on MLB Network on Tuesday night as the Yankees lost to the Red Sox by a score of 9-4. The Red Sox are mostly playing out the string as their season win total under has already cashed, while the Yankees are trying to hang on in the wild card race. They now trail the Tigers by five games in the wild card.
Anthony Ranaudo has made three starts and he has won all three of them to start his Major League career. Of course, this is a case where win-loss record is a bit misleading. Ranaudo has more walks than strikeouts and has allowed four home runs in 18 innings. His FIP is 6.57, but the Red Sox have scored at least four runs in support of Ranaudo in each of his games. This will be Ranaudo’s first Major League start in his regular turn in the rotation. His previous three starts were August 1, 13, and 29.
Hiroki Kuroda started out slow this season, but has been much better since the All-Star Break. He’s 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA. Opposing batters have batted just .233 against Kuroda over his last eight starts after they batted .260 against him in his first 19 starts of the season. At age 39, Joe Girardi has been careful with Kuroda, who has exceeded 100 pitches in just two of his last eight starts.
Ranaudo made his Major League debut against the Yankees and threw six innings of two-run ball. Ranaudo was 14-4 with a 2.78 ERA in the minors. The Red Sox are 3-0 in his three starts for a profit of 3.85 units.
Kuroda will be facing the Red Sox for the 14th time in his Major League career. He is 4-5 with a 4.18 ERA in 79.2 innings of work. The Yankees are just 12-15 in Kuroda’s 27 starts for a loss of 5.78 units.
Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees
Ranaudo’s start is smoke and mirrors as he hasn’t pitched all that well and has gotten some nice run support. Kuroda is used to the grind of the regular season and should be able to manage his workload to the end of the season. He’s pitching well and the Yankees are still playing for something while the Red Sox are just looking to get to the finish line.
Matchup: Arizona Diamondbacks at San Diego Padres
Date/Time: September 3, 10:05 p.m. ET
MLB Betting Odds From 5Dimes Sportsbook
Probable Starters: ARI: Josh Collmenter (9-7, 3.94) v. SD: Andrew Cashner (2-6, 2.37)
Moneyline: San Diego -130
Total: 6.5 110/-120
The Arizona Diamondbacks were playing .500 ball for a while, but the writing is probably on the wall for Kirk Gibson’s tenure and Paul Goldschmidt’s hand injury has really slowed the offense. The San Diego Padres, meanwhile, are still playing hard and fighting to get back to .500, possibly in support of manager Bud Black. The Padres walked off on the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night to move to/fall to 66-71. After a disastrous first half, the Padres are 25-17 in the second half of the season.
Josh Collmenter was sent to the rotation full-time in mid-April and that’s where he has stayed. Overall, Collmenter has done a good job giving the Diamondbacks innings in the absence of Patrick Corbin. Since moving to the rotation, Collmenter is 9-7 with a 4.04 ERA, including one relief appearance in extra innings. The Diamondbacks have performed well in Collmenter’s starts with a 15-8 record. Since the All-Star Break, Collmenter has allowed seven home runs in just 39.2 innings of work.
After missing two months due to elbow discomfort, Andrew Cashner will be making his third start since returning from the disabled list. Cashner hasn’t been as sharp as normal and has been held to around 90 pitches, but he has only allowed three runs in 11 innings. Cashner also missed nearly a month from mid-May to early June with discomfort. Cashner was 2-5 with a 2.35 ERA prior to the first DL stint. He returned for three starts and posted a 2.37 ERA before exiting again with injury. The Padres have been very careful with Cashner and the expectation is that they will be the rest of the season.
Collmenter will be making his 15th career appearance and sixth career start against the Padres. He’s 4-3 with a 2.98 ERA over 45.1 innings of work. This season, Collmenter has allowed just two runs, one earned, in 13.2 innings against the Padres. The Diamondbacks are 15-8 in Collmenter’s 23 starts for a profit of 7.38 units.
Cashner has faced the Diamondbacks 11 previous times, with seven starts and four relief appearances. He’s 3-1 with a 3.66 ERA over 39.1 innings. This season, Cashner is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two starts. The Padres are 7-7 in Cashner’s 14 starts for a loss of 0.35 units.
Free MLB Pick: San Diego Padres
Cashner has thrown the ball well in his return from the DL, though his command has been off a little bit. As he gets stronger, the better he will be, and the Diamondbacks are really hit or miss this time of the year because their season is effectively over. The Padres have continued to play hard and should do so again on Wednesday night.