The MLB is set up with a total of fifteen games on the board for another busy Saturday of baseball. One of the best matchups on the board will be the always exciting rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. These two teams are meeting for the third time in this four game series, which should be a good one. This game will start at around 4:05 PM Eastern time on July 27.
New York has earned the top spot in the AL East with a record of 66-37 to this point in the season. The Yankees have hit a slight bump in the road, losing two games in a row and four of their last six. New York still has a strong lead over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox though. The Yankees will look to earn a bigger lead with a win in Boston on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Sox have posted a 58-47 record to this point in the season, which has them in third place of the AL East. Boston is right behind Tampa Bay, and are in a tight battle with multiple other teams for the Wild Card spots in the American League. The Red Sox have been able to win four of their last five and will look to keep it going with another win at home.
The Yankees and the Red Sox have both put up solid performances this season. New York holds a comfortable lead on the AL East, but Boston could continue to gain on them with another win in this series. The Red Sox have been doing well since the All-Star break and will look to continue to ride their momentum as they try and get back into the playoff picture.
The first series between these two teams was on April 16 and 17 in New York. In the first game, James Paxton allowed only two hits and no runs through eight innings as the Yankees were able to win 8-0. The Red Sox had a solid 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, but Brett Gardner hit a grand slam to help give New York a 5-3 win to sweep the first two-game series.
The second series stayed in New York on May 31 – June 2. J.A. Happ pitched five innings and only allowed three hits and one run as the Yankees took the first game of this series 4-1. These two teams went back and forth in the second game of this series. Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to give the Yankees a 5-3 win in the second matchup. The Red Sox finally broke through in the final game of this series as Xander Bogaerts had two runs to help Boston win 8-5.
The third series of the season between these two teams was hosted in London on June 29-30. These two teams exchanged a lot of runs in the first game. D.J. LeMahieu had five RBI’s in the first game of the series as the Yankees were able to win 17-13. These two teams were locked in another close matchup in the second game until the top of the seventh. New York scored nine runs in the seventh inning to pull away with a 12-8 win.
The first game of this series was dominated by Boston right off the bat. Xander Bogaerts had four RBI’s, while seven other players had two RBI’s to lead the Red Sox to a 19-3 win at home. Mookie Betts had five RBI’s for Boston in the second game, while J.D. Martinez had three RBI’s for the Red Sox. Boston took the second game of this series 10-5.
D.J. LeMahieu has put up a strong season, earning 130 hits, 15 home runs, 71 RBI’s and an OPS of .901. Gleyber Torres has earned 104 hits, 20 home runs and 55 RBI’s. Luke Voit has put up 95 hits, 19 homers and 54 RBI’s. Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, and Gio Urshela all have been able to earn double-digit home run counts this season as well.
Rafael Devers has 134 hits, 21 home runs and 82 RBI’s this season. Xander Bogaerts has been able to get 124 hits, 23 home runs, 80 RBI’s and an OPS of .975. Mookie Betts has 118 hits, 18 home runs and 54 RBI’s this season. J.D. Martinez has 113 hits, 21 home runs and 53 RBI’s. Christian Vazquez and Michael Chavis have both earned 16 home runs this season.
The Yankees have been plagued by injuries this season, which shows in their lineup. New York is missing their home run leader in Gary Sanchez. The Yankees are also missing Brett Gardner and Clint Frazier who both have double-digit home runs. New York will need some players to step up to help keep up with the Red Sox, who have a deep lineup as well.
New York will have C.C. Sabathia start on the mound for Saturday’s matchup. Sabathia has earned a record of 5-5 through sixteen starts this season. In those starts, he has an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 1.337. Sabathia’s last start came against the Minnesota Twins, where he allowed six hits and seven runs (six earned) through four innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez will start at pitcher for the Red Sox on Saturday. Rodriguez has a 12-4 record through twenty-one starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 4.10 and a WHIP of 1.276 so far this season. Rodriguez’s last start came against the Tampa Bay Rays, where he allowed two hits and no runs through seven innings as the Red Sox pulled off a big win.
These two pitchers have similar stats, but Rodriguez has put up a much more impressive record throughout this season. Sabathia will look to bounce back from his last performance where he took a rough loss to the Twins. Rodriguez has won his last four starts and he will look to keep that going with another win on Saturday.
New York has put up a record of 6-3 against the Red Sox so far this season. Boston has won the first two games at home this season and will look to make it three in a row. I believe that the Yankees will have a good chance to earn a road win on Saturday. New York’s hitting lineup matches up well with the Red Sox and I believe that Rodriguez is due for a rough start.
BetOnline has the Red Sox listed as a -138 against the money line, which implies that they will win this game around 58 percent of the time. Boston has won back to back games, but I believe that New York will bounce back on Saturday. The Yankees could chase Rodriguez early if they come out hitting well, which I believe they have a good chance to do.