The Red Sox (73-72, 37-37 home) will host the Yankees (73-72, 34-36 away) in game three of this AL East series. Starting for the Red Sox is Tanner Houck, while the Yankees are giving the ball to Michael King. Read on to see my pick for this showdown between Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
NEW YORK YANKEES VS BOSTON RED SOX BETTING PICK
The Pick: Boston Red Sox +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Fenway Park at 1:35 ET on Thursday, September 14th.
WHY BET THE BOSTON RED SOX:
- The Yankees have gone just 2-3 in their last five games vs. the runline.
- Against the runline, the Red Sox have gone 3-2 in their five games at home.
- In Michael King’s five starts, the Yankees have a record of just 2-3.
NEW YORK YANKEES ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
For the season, the Yankees have put together a record of 73-72 and are 5th in the AL East, putting them 18 games out of first place. New York’s overall series record sits at 19-20-6. On the road, they have gone 34-36 and 39-36 at home.
Today marks Michael King’s 46th outing of the 2023 campaign, and he holds a record of 4-5. His ERA is 2.82, with an opposing OBP of .284, and he has struck out 100 batters to date with a WHIP of 1.13. When away from home, King’s ERA is 3.19 compared to 4.23 when pitching at his own ballpark.
Michael King’s last outing saw him take the mound for five innings, but the Yankees were unable to come away with a victory, falling 9-2 to the Brewers. Despite the loss, King was solid in his start, surrendering two runs on four hits while not factoring into the decision.
So far this season, the Yankees’ has gone deep 203 times, placing them 6th in the league. Over New York’s previous five games, they are 17th in runs scored, with their season average of 4.2 runs per game putting them 24th in the league. The Yankees’ overall team batting average stands at .225 along with an OBP of .302.
Over the Yankees’ last ten contests, Jasson Domínguez has been their most prolific power hitter, clubbing two home runs to bring his season total to four. Despite being listed as out on the injury report, Domínguez still boasts an impressive .258 batting average.
WILL THE BOSTON RED SOX TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Looking to snap a two game losing streak, the Red Sox are in 4th place in the AL East. Boston’s overall record sits at 73-72 while going 36-35 on the road and 37-37 at home, respectively. So far, they have played in 45 series, and have gone 22-20-3.
The Red Sox will turn to Tanner Houck, who has a 4-9 record in 17 appearances this season. His ERA stands at 5.28, while his K/9 is 8.28 and FIP is 4.45. Opponents have managed a .321 OBP against him thus far.
Tanner Houck endured a tough outing in his most recent start, as the Red Sox were defeated 11-2 by the Orioles. The right-hander yielded five runs on eight hits across 5 1/3 innings of work.
For the season, the Red Sox’s offense is averaging 5 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 7th in the league in scoring, with a total of 24 runs. Overall, Boston’s team batting average is .263, putting them 3rd in the MLB.
Over the Red Sox’s past five contests, Wilyer Abreu has been the most productive hitter, boasting a .396 average. He has been a consistent force for Boston this year, batting .326 and driving in eight runs.