Date/Time: June 2, 8:05 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Red Sox (Buchholz) Yankees (Kuroda)
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Moneyline: Yankees (-120) Red Sox (+100)
The best rivalry in Major League Baseball takes center stage on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. The Yankees won the first game in the series, but the Red Sox bounced back with a win in last night’s game. Clay Buchholz and Hiroki Kuroda have been their team’s best pitchers respectively so far this year, and they’ll square off in what should be a great game Sunday night.
Boston leads the American League East thanks in large part to a much improved starting rotation. Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester have looked much more like the dominant pitchers that they were a couple years ago. Buchholz is 7-0 with a 1.73 ERA so far in 2013. It shouldn’t be a huge shock that he is pitching so well, because he has done it before. The Red Sox are getting their high quality pitchers to throw the ball the way they are capable of throwing it this year. Boston is just 3-7 in Buchholz’s last 10 starts against the Yankees.
The Red Sox offense has been good all season. Boston has been in the top five in the majors in totals runs scored all year long. David Ortiz missed the beginning of the season, but he has been great since coming back into the lineup. Dustin Pedroia is hitting .333 to lead the team. Mike Napoli has really come through in big spots so far this year for the team. Napoli has 44 RBI’s already this year. Jacoby Ellsbury is showing signs of heating up, and he already has 21 stolen bases this season.
New York fans were really worried about the season due to injuries, but this team has held things together quite well so far this year. The Yankees offense actually was ranked in the top ten in the majors for much of the year, but they have recently slumped badly. New York is finally starting to look like they need their stars back. Curtis Granderson will be out for a while again after reinjuring himself, but Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira are now back in the lineup. Vernon Wells, Travis Hafner, and Lyle Overbay have done a great job for the Yankees.
The Yankees pitching staff has been led by Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda is 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA so far this year. Kuroda isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher, but he has great control and gets a lot of ground ball outs. Mariano Rivera has once again been the best closer in baseball. It seems that hitters just can’t figure out a way to hit that cutter. Overall, the Yankees pitching staff has been pretty good. They rank tenth in the majors in overall team ERA.
Free Pick: Red Sox ML
Buchholz is a totally different pitcher this year, and the Red Sox lineup is definitely better than the Yankees lineup right now. I’ll take the road team here.