Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.76 ERA) is on the hill for the Boston Red Sox (17-11) as they square off against Michael Pineda (1-3, 6.33 ERA) and the New York Yankees (9-17) in the first of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 6 and can be seen on NESN and YES.
Pineda pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking three in an 8-0 defeat to the Red Sox. Starlin Castro (.293, 5 Rs, 3 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4. Porcello went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking one in an 8-0 win over the Yankees in his last outing. David Ortiz (.319, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 23 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Red Sox, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for New York and Boston are Yankees -105, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
The Red Sox have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BOS
The Yankees are struggling at 4-8 in their division, while the Red Sox are 9-7.
The Yankees didn't score any runs in their last game. The Red Sox have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 0-14. The Red Sox have a 1-7 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 25th in home runs, New York has hit 23 this season. Boston ranks 18th with 26 home runs.
Ranking 25th, New York is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.73 per game. Boston ranks in the top five at second with 9.85.
Ranking 29th, New York is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.658). Boston ranks in the top five with an OPS of .802.
When the Red Sox allow at least one home run, they are 11-8. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 4-12 record.