We came up short last night backing the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees. But after watching the game, I didn’t mind losing the bet, as this was likely the most entertaining game of the year so far. The game featured seventeen runs scored and two bench-clearing brawls! These two teams really hate each other, and it showed last night. All of the stars were on display as Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, Giancarlo Stanton had three hits and three RBI, and J.D. Martinez and Hanley Ramirez both homered for Boston.
This series has been one that hasn’t been short on fireworks as there have been a combined thirty-two runs scored in the two games so far. And that was with Chris Sale, David Price, Luis Severino, and Masahiro Tanaka on the mound. Even with the elite starting pitching in these two games, the bats have been swinging. For today’s pick, where else would I go except stay right here with the most exciting series of the season?
The Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees in the rubber match of a three-game series. The first two games were full of excitement with lots of runs scored and emotions were at a playoff level. Boston saw its nine-game winning streak get snapped last night but didn’t go down without a fight. Literally, as the teams cleared the benches on multiple occasions.
The Red Sox will send Rick Porcello (2-0 2.84 ERA) to the bump to square off against the Yankees Sonny Gray (1-0 3.60 ERA). This game is basically even as the line has hovered right around -110 for both teams all morning. The game total over-under is set for nine runs. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10 PM PST from Fenway Park in Boston.
What a game this is tonight. Two teams that are slugging the ball all around the park and hate each other. Both teams have decent pitchers on the mound tonight that aren’t quite what they used to be. It is hard to say that Sonny Gray hasn’t been living up to the hype, he has been decent in pinstripes, but I would expect many New York fans thought he would be much better. Gray was brought into New York to be the ace of the staff, and after less than one full season in the Bronx, he has quickly fallen to their number three starter position.
He started eleven games last season after being brought over at the trade deadline from Oakland and went just 4-7 with a solid ERA of 3.72. In his five seasons with the Athletics, Gray had a lifetime ERA of 3.42 and a winning record of 44-36, all while playing for an Oakland team that was really bad and never even sniffed the playoffs. Gray was supposed to be a guy that could win twenty games for New York, but right now he looks more like a guy that is an afterthought in this rotation for the Bronx Bombers.
Boston will start a resurgent Rick Porcello tonight in game three. Porcello won the Cy Young two years ago in Boston when he went 22-4 for the Red Sox. Then last year Porcello completely fell apart and went 11-17 with an ERA of 4.65. That sky-high ERA was almost a full run and a half higher than his previous season. This year Porcello has gotten off to a solid start as he is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.84. This Boston offense is good enough that he could win fifteen plus games even with just average stats, this could be a big bounce-back year for Porcello.
This series has been one where there has been all kind of fireworks. And I expect that trend to continue tonight. While both of the pitchers on the mound tonight are solid and could be good, they are nowhere near as good as the guys that already got shelled in games one and two. So, I will not worry about which side to be on, even though I am slightly leaning towards Boston and take the over instead. Both team’s bullpens have been used and abused and should be tired tonight.
We are actually getting a little bit of a discount on the over as it is currently paying -105 on the over, so I will take it and hope for another high scoring and exciting game. Give me the over nine runs at -105 tonight in game three!