The MLB is set up with another solid night of baseball with a total of eight games on the board. One of the top games on the board will be between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. This historical rivalry will end for the year as they play their final game of the regular season against each other on September 9. This game will start at around 7:10 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 94-50 to this point in the season, which has them in first place of the AL East and tied with the Houston Astros for the top spot in the entire MLB. The Yankees have won ten of their last thirteen games. New York has won two of the first three games this series and will look to win this series with a win on Monday night.
The Red Sox have a record of 76-67 to this point in the season, which has them in third place of the AL East. Boston is seven and a half games back from a wild card spot, so they will need a really strong run in this last stretch to make the playoffs. The Red Sox have lost three of their last four games and will look to tie up this series on Monday.
These two teams have had strong seasons, but Boston is in much more urgent mode as they try and race to the playoffs. Boston has struggled against the Yankees this season and will look to avoid losing another series to New York on Monday night. I expect this to be an exciting game as these two rivals finish out their season series.
Before this series, the Yankees had an 11-4 lead in the overall season series. New York has been dominant all season long and it has shown against Boston. The only series that the Red Sox have been able to win against the Yankees came between July 25-28. Boston has not been terrible this season and will look to finish this series strong on Monday night.
The first game of this series was a good one early. These teams stayed scoreless through the first three innings before the Red Sox rode a three run homer by Mitch Moreland to a four run fourth inning. Seven Boston pitchers played that night and only allowed three hits and one run as the Red Sox won 6-1.
The second matchup of the series started off the same way as the first. Gary Sanchez and Edwin Encarnacion both had two RBI’s in the top of the fourth to give New York the early lead. J.A. Happ pitched six and a third innings and only allowed two hits with seven strikeouts to help the Yankees earn a 5-1 win.
The most recent game of this series was the last game of the night on Sunday night. Gleyber Torres, Mike Tauchman and Aaron Judge all had homers as the Yankees scored two runs in the second, third, fourth, fifth and ninth inning. Boston stuck around early, but ultimately lost 10-5 in the end.
New York’s bats have been almost unstoppable this season. D.J. LeMahieu has 174 hits, 24 home runs and 90 RBI’s. Gleyber Torres has earned 141 hits, 35 home runs and 83 RBI’s. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Brett Gardner all have over 85 hits and 20 home runs on the year. Eight other players have put up double-digit homers for the Yankees this season as well.
The Red Sox have some solid hitters in their lineup as well. Rafael Devers has earned 179 hits, 29 homers and 107 RBI’s. Xander Bogaerts has put up 168 hits, 31 home runs and 105 RBI’s. Mookie Betts has 163 hits, 27 homers and 77 RBI’s this season, while J.D. Martinez has 160 hits, 35 home runs and 91 RBI’s. Andrew Benintendi, Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mitch Moreland all have double digit home runs this year as well.
The Yankees have set a record for most home runs by a club in a season this season. New York has an extremely strong season with their bats and the Red Sox have been on the losing side of it plenty this season. Boston has a solid hitting lineup as well, but they will need a strong night from them if they want to earn a win on Monday.
James Paxton will start on the mound for Monday night for the Yankees. Paxton has a 12-6 record through his 25 starts this season. In those starts, he has put up an ERA of 4.16 and a 1.326 WHIP. Paxton’s last start came against the Texas Rangers, where he allowed one hit and no runs through seven innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez will be the starter for Boston on Monday. Rodriguez has a 17-5 record in 29 starts this year. He has put up a 3.81 ERA and a WHIP of 1.441 on the season. Rodriguez’s last start was against the Minnesota Twins. He allowed five hits and no runs through seven innings for his seventeenth win on the year.
Paxton has won seven starts in a row this season and has put up 2-1 record against the Red Sox this season. Rodriguez has won four starts in a row and is 1-1 in three starts against New York. Both pitchers are hot right now, which should lead to a good game. Rodriguez has the better overall stats this season and he will look to help Boston earn a much-needed win to end this series.
New York has gone 13-5 against the Red Sox this season, but I believe that Boston will earn a win in the final game. The Red Sox have a chance to tie up this series on Monday night. Boston has the better starting pitcher on the mound in my opinion. If the Red Sox can play well on the hitting side, I believe that Boston can pull off a big win.
BetOnline has New York listed as a -113 against the money line. This implies that the Yankees will win this game around 53 percent time. While this game is close to even, I believe that Boston should be favored in this game. This gives a lot of value to the Red Sox as underdogs on Monday night.