The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox rivalry doesn’t take on the same meaning as it does late in the season, but it’s always a must-watch when two of the most storied organizations in all of sports meet. The Yankees and Red Sox will likely go toe-to-toe for the American League East. The Blue Jays are not as much of a threat as they were in the past, the Rays are the Rays, and the Orioles are the Orioles still. That leaves the Yanks and Red Sox in the division.
Of course, unexpected twists and turns are always possible, but it’s probable those three teams are going to be a non-threat. In any case, the Yankees have not looked like a threat thus far this season. They enter this one with a record of 6-6, but yes I know, it’s only April 12th. Much of what happens now will be forgotten in a couple of months. There are some teams who like to heat up with the weather, and the weather has been anything but pleasant in the northeast.
There have been no problems with the weather for the Red Sox. They’ve played in some crummy weather many times over the last decade in October, and this group of Red Sox haven’t had any issues navigating the depressing forecasts. The Red Sox enter Thursday with a nice record of 9-2. The Yankees received all of the hype in the offseason following the addition of Giancarlo Stanton, while not much was said about the Red Sox.
The thought of Aaron Judge and Stanton together sounded deadly, and it still does, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing in April. This is the third game of a three-game series. Boston humiliated the Yankees by a score of 14-1 in the first tilt, and then the Yankees woke up yesterday for a 10-7 final. David Price lasted just 1 inning, with Gary Sanchez leading the way for the Yankees. Head below for our Yankees vs. Red Sox pick.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Sonny Gray (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84 ERA)
Sonny Gray was added to the Yankees late last season. He was viewed as a prized commodity on the market, and the Yankees ultimately landed him from the Athletics. Gray wasn’t on a competitive team in Oakland, so instead of his talent rotting away on a losing team, Gray was fortunate enough to land on a contender. He didn’t have a monumental impact, though. He was decent enough, but the idea was to acquire Gray to put them over the hump. He posted an ERA of 3.72 with the Yankees, a decrease from 3.42 with the Yanks. Gray has been right around those figures to open the season, with an ERA of 3.60 and 1.60 WHIP. He’s put on some base runners, though, as a 1.60 WHIP is not ideal. Good offenses will begin taking advantage of that.
Former Cy Young winner, Rick Porcello, will step in for the Sox. Porcello yielded a 3.15 ERA in 2016 to get the award, but his numbers fell the next year. Instead of keeping it going, he may have relaxed a bit too much. He enters Thursday with a 2.84 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. The Red Sox have been the hottest team in the majors, while the Yankees not so much. Despite the Yankees winning yesterday, their pitching has surrendered 29 runs in just the last three games. Last night ended with a win behind 10 runs scored for the Yanks. However, the Red Sox should be able to make a strong bounce back performance today.