The Yankees and Red Sox rivalry continues tonight at historic Fenway Park, where the Yanks have cooled down after a red-hot start to the season. MLB is a long, grueling season, it goes without saying, and judging a team by two weeks of play is a foolish move.
You’ll still get people who like to jump to conclusions, though, and I’m sure there are more than a couple of people who had the Yankees going to the postseason after a week of play. The Yanks won eight straight games, but are have since gone 3-3 and are 12-7. The moral of the story is to take big winning streaks with a grain of salt.
There are mini-storylines thus far, but nothing has precipitated too much. The Yankees may be for real or frauds, we’ll see. In any case, a win against Chris Sale would feel quite good on Thursday night. Sale has been untouchable in his short time with the Red Sox. Boston went out and secured the biggest prize in free agency and he’s been proving to be a solid ROI.
After Sale absolutely went bonkers and cut up his jersey before a start with the Chicago White Sox last season, we knew that he was going to be getting a brand new jersey the following year. Sure enough, he traded his White Sox for Red Sox.
The moment he had enough with the White Sox may have come before the season even began. Adam LaRoche was told his kid was no longer welcome in the clubhouse, and Sale was certainly the most vocal player on the team regarding the situation.
LaRoche retired, and Sale departed for another club in the offseason. It’s almost like Sale is giving a middle finger to the White Sox with this tear he’s on. Whatever the reason, the Red Sox have to be loving the addition. Sale and the Red Sox will take on Masahiro Tanaka this evening at Fenway. Get our free Yankees vs. Red Sox pick below.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Pick
Masahiro Tanaka (2-1 ERA, 6.00 ERA) vs. Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91 ERA)
Like we noted, Sale has been flawless. He’s been tearing through opposing lineups, as he’s posted an ERA of 0.91 across four starts in 2017. Sale holds a minuscule WHIP of 0.71 and .194 OBA. He went 8 innings strong against the Blues Jays in his last outing, allowing 0 runs and just 4 hits. In his last 15 innings of work, he’s given up only 1 run and 7 hits in total.
The entire pitching staff has been strong for the Red Sox. However, the offense has been stuck in mud, so to speak. The Red Sox have surrendered an average of only 2.25 runs per game over their last four games, but only went 2-2 during that time, with 3 runs scored per game.
The Red Sox are 8th overall, with a team ERA of 3.57. The Yankees have been great in that regard, too. They’re 2nd in the majors, posting a team ERA of just 3.17. Tanaka hasn’t had the best of starts, though, highlighted by 7 runs allowed against the Rays.
His ERA stands at 6.00, but got a solid start against the White Sox, with 1 earned run in his last start to stop the bleeding. I could see him coming around again tonight at Fenway. The Yankees and Red Sox have gone 3-0 to the UNDER in their last three meetings, including a 3-1 Yankee win last night. I expect something similar on Thursday. The UNDER is the pick here, with Tanaka and Sale dueling it out.
PICK: UNDER 7.5 (-110)