The Red Sox and Yankees renew their rivalry right after the All-Star Break in the Bronx. Boston took the Yanks down last night, a 5-3 win in favor of the visitors. The youngsters, Xander Bogaerts and Travis Shaw got into the fun, connecting on deep balls to help the Red Sox cause. What a luxury it is having Bogaerts batting ahead of David Ortiz in the lineup. Steven Wright, who was snubbed out of starting the All-Star Game, put together a solid performance by holding the Yankees to 3 hits and 3 runs.
The knuckleballer is following in the footsteps of one of the best knuckleballers of all time, Tim Wakefield. Wright has a long ways to go before he gets the same amount of respect around town as Tim Wakefield did, but he’s beginning to open some people’s eyes up. Wright looks like he’s for real. A guy trying to show he still has some career left in him is CC Sabathia.
Sabathia started out well, he was pitching at a pretty high level to start this season. However, we have started to see the wheels fall off. It’s hard to expect his arm to hold up for an entire season and we saw it start to happen before the halfway mark of the year. Yes, I do think he’s in trouble, his career is in significant danger of being done if he can’t show something in the second-half. I’m not sure if he would be okay with coming out of the bullpen, but if he wants to keep playing baseball he might have to. The fact of the matter here is that his arm doesn’t have the ability to keep him upright.
I don’t think that is going to change much in the second-half. His arm was fresh to start the season, but it’s falling to pieces at the moment. For Sabathia, he was in desperate need of the All-Star Break. In the same sentence, you could probably say Eduardo Rodriguez was looking forward to a break as well. I’ll get to Rodriguez below, as we seek a winner on this Saturday in July.
Boston Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees
Eduardo Rodriguez (1-3, 8.59 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (5-6, 3.77 ERA)
Unlike Sabathia, Rodriguez hasn’t tasted too much success this season. Like I said, Sabathia was looking like vintage CC to open the season up. There were a lot of people who lost money fading him. Rodriguez has pretty well been consistently bad throughout the 2016 campaign. He enters tonight with a lackluster ERA of 8.59, including a putrid 1.74 WHIP and .372 OBA. There hasn’t been many signs of improvement either, allowing 5, 4, 5, 3, and 9 runs in his last five starts. His ERA in his last three showings stands at 11.77, with a 2.15 WHIP and .418 OBA.
Rodriguez’s work on the road has been worrisome as well, posting a 10.12 ERA and 2.10 WHIP. He might be on a short leash as we open up the second-half, he needs to show any sign of improvement early here. Sabathia hopes that the break can help him out, because lately, he’s been getting rocked. CC yielded 7.71 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his last three tilts. Dating back to June 22nd, Sabathia has been getting rocked. Both of these pitchers are in dire need of a strong start, but I expect at least one to get throttled on Saturday. The OVER 9.5 looks like a cashable bet on Saturday.
PICK: OVER 9.5 RUNS (-110)