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Yankees vs. Red Sox MLB Pick – August 18th

The N.Y. Yankees and Boston Red Sox hook up for an important series this weekend at Fenway. The Yankees can do themselves a big favor by beating up on the Red Sox in this series. They’re currently 4 games back and need to win these head-to-head matchups to ensure they pull closer to the Red Sox. A win by both doesn’t do much help for the Yanks.

Beyond the Red Sox and the division, the Yankees have to hold on to their wildcard as well. They are 3.5 up in that regard, and should be able to hold on even if they don’t catch up to the Red Sox. I really wouldn’t want to put my season in one game, though. It’d be best to avoid that game. It’s great for fans, but anything can happen in a one-game format.

Aaron Judge destroyed a ball for 457 feet against the Mets yesterday, but at the same time, set a strikeout record. Judge became the record holder for the most consecutive strikeouts by a non-pitcher at 33. He goes for gold every at-bat, but the mindset does result in some negative consequences. In this case, a lot of strikeouts. You have to take the good with the bad, and there is a lot of good to take away from Judge. He is only a rookie after all, and I feel that as he gets older he’ll start cutting down on strikeouts.

The Yankees held on for a win yesterday, nearly blowing a 7-0 lead but captured a 7-5 victory over the Mets. They move on from one rival to another, as they travel into Fenway with a record of 65-55. This weekend is all about trying to inch closer to the 1st place Red Sox who are 69-51.

The Astros are ahead in the American League with a 74-47 record, so there is something for the Red Sox to catch, too. Nobody is catching the Astros in the AL West. The next closest team is the 62-59 Angels. Jordan Montgomery gets the call for the Yanks, while Drew Pomeranz counters with the Red Sox. It’s lefty vs lefty at Fenway on Friday night. Get our free Yankees vs. Red Sox pick below.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Pick

Jordan Montgomery (7-6, 3.94 ERA) vs. Drew Pomeranz (12-4, 3.39 ERA)

Pitching wise, Montgomery and Pomeranz are just about one in the same for their respective teams in 2017. Both are lefty’s and essentially fulfill the same roles. They are both good starters who are great to have in the rotation. No, neither are elite, but they do what they’re supposed to do. Of course, Montgomery, a rookie, has the higher upside over the long haul. Pomeranz has been in the majors since 2011 and had seen it all, from the highs to the lows. When he left the Rockies, though, is when his numbers started to elevate. A 6.23 ERA in 2011 to a 2.35 ERA the next season in Oakland. He’s having a fine year in 2017, posting an ERA of 3.39. In his last three starts, he yielded a 2.29 ERA. The Yankees have hit him for a BA of .266.

Jordan Montgomery is coming off a spectacular start against the Red Sox, as he shut them down for just 2 hits and 1 run across 5.1 innings of work. In his last two outings, Montgomery has given up just 5 hits and 2 runs in total. The first team being the Cleveland Indians, a team who can hit the ball well. Montgomery has done quite well against Boston hitters, as they’re hitting only .222 with just 1 HR in 36 at-bats. The price in this game really doesn’t line up with what I would post as an odds maker. The Red Sox -120? Sure, but not -135. Give me the Yankees on Friday.

PICK: YANKEES (+120)

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