The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees meet in a battle of American League elite. The Red Sox were easily able to jump out ahead of everyone else in the majors with a hot start. Variance kicked them down, though, and it’s given the Yankees an opportunity to play catch up on the Red Sox. The Red Sox are a decent team, but no way on the level they were performing. They started off the year with a brilliant effort of 17-2. That’s a great head start the Red Sox hot, but it certainly wasn’t going to be sustainable. After a 17-2 start, Boston are now 25-11. Still an impressive record, but with the loss last night, the Yanks advanced to 26-10 to overtake the Red Sox. We figured that they would ultimately take over in the division, but not that quickly.
The Yankees have won seven in a row and 17 of their last 18 games. Boston went on their run and now it’s the Yankees turn. That stretch for the Red Sox was not too realistic, and now they’re finding out what regression is like. In the case of the Yankees, no, they cannot keep winning at a clip of 17 wins in 18 games. However, this is not as fluky as the Red Sox run was. I see the Yankees as serious contenders that will find themselves routing opponents often.
It’s only May, though, it may all mean nothing come the postseason where all it takes is a bullpen to blow a few games and that’s all she wrote. As it is now, and should continue to be, the Yankees are the class of the American League. The Red Sox have dropped a couple in a row against the Bronx Bombers after three wins straight. It looked like the Red Sox were going to be able to get a victory last night, but the bullpen blew it and the Yanks scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Another good win for the Yankees, while the Red Sox hope to show tonight why they shouldn’t be discounted as a contender. Head below for our free Red Sox vs. Yankees pick.
Boston Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Eduardo Rodriguez (3-0, 5.29 ERA) vs. C.C. Sabathia (2-0, 1.39 ERA)
Eduardo Rodriguez has a clean record with 3 wins in no losses. However, he is surely lucky that there isn’t a loss on his resume. The Red Sox offense came out to play for him in his no decisions or he would not be looking at a record of 3-0. His individual numbers have been a little iffy, as he enters Thursday with an ERA of 5.29. His most recent work has been a wreck, with a 7.02 ERA in his last three outings. He must keep the ball down better in this one.
Eduardo is coming off a start in which he surrendered 3 home runs against the Rangers. Stanton is quickly turning it around and already seems to be a thorn in the Red Sox side. He’s brought his batting average up to .237 and the power numbers are beginning to show. Stanton has knocked 9 balls out of the park. Against the Red Sox in 19 at-bats, he’s hit .526 with 2 doubles, triple, 2 long balls and 7 RBI’s. Stanton isn’t going anywhere so the Red Sox will have to get used to his bat in the lineup.
The Yankees are 1st in the majors with 5.81 runs per game. At home in Yankee Stadium, they’re averaging 6.57 runs per game. The Red Sox are scoring 4.73 goals per game on the road. Sabathia has looked like vintage CC thus far this season. He’s been proficient with an ERA of 1.39. His career looked like it was in the tubes a few years, but you have to give him credit for fighting back and working on getting back to form. Sabathia was virtually unhittable in his last three outings, as he posted an ERA of just 0.47 with a 0.63 WHIP. I like Sabathia and Yankees to take care of the Red Sox for a third straight game.