Saturday’s are always my favorite baseball days. Of course it’s the weekend, and even better, there is always a full host of action with every team on the field. A couple years ago when I hit around 65% on my MLB picks, I hit something crazy like two months straight of winning my Saturday pick. With the season in May, there is still a lot of time to do something similar. How about let’s start a nice winning streak today? It’s been a relatively successful start to the season for me, but when you hit at a 65% clip you expect more. You expect to surpass what you’ve done in the past. Regardless, things need to be kept in perspective and a 55% successful rate makes for a nice season. I am currently eight games above .500, so I have made a nice profit thus far. Today we take a look at an early afternoon matchup, which I’m sure a few of you are interested in.
David Price gets another crack on the mound this afternoon, who is trying to get the ship going in the right direction. After signing a big contract with the Red Sox, Price has not lived up to his paycheck. Price played a role with the Blue Jays’ postseason run this past season and decided to provide his services to the Red Sox for a hefty salary. As the most sought after pitcher on the market in the offseason, some teams must be looking at him and letting out a sigh of relief that they didn’t give him the contract. However, there is still a long ways to go for him to catch fire. Price will face the New York Yankees this afternoon.
The Yanks edged the Red Sox out last night, a much needed 3-2 for them. The Yankees enter this afternoon with a record of 10-17, compared to the Red Sox mark of 17-12. The Yankees should suffer this season and into the foreseeable future. The Yankees’ franchise is no longer a must go-to destination for top players on the market. Further, it’s very evident that the Yankees are not spending like they were when George Steinbrenner was alive. Find my pick below for yet another chapter in the Red Sox and Yankees’ rivalry.
Boston Red Sox vs. N.Y. Yankees
David Price (4-0, 6.14 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 5.46 ERA)
If the Yankees signed David Price, they would be in much more pain than the Boston Red Sox right now. So, they must be thanking their lucky stars that they didn’t pull the trigger on signing him. Price has been abysmal at best, entering today with an ERA of 6.14. Surprisingly enough, Price is 4-0 with those awful numbers. He has been the beneficiary of some excellent run support. Life is just not fair for some pitchers, who have terrific ERA’s but crummy win loss records. He does have an adequate WHIP of 1.28, though. He has to keep the ball down and prevent hitters from going yard. In his last three starts, he’s pitched for a 7.71 ERA, so yes, a lot of run support has been in his corner.
He might get some more run support this afternoon, as the Red Sox will be up against Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi hasn’t been on his game either, coming into today with a 5.46 ERA. He’s gotten slapped around for at least 4 runs in three of his five starts. His last start was against the Red Sox, a difficult day at the office, allowing 10 hits and 6 runs in only 5 innings of work. Eovaldi has had a rough time against the Red Sox in his career, posting a 5.73 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in four starts. I am going to back Price and the Red Sox, banking on some additional heavy run support for him and a rough start from Eovaldi.
PICK: RED SOX TO WIN -125