The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox reignite their century long rivalry at Fenway Park this weekend. It’s always a spectacle when the Yankees and Red Sox get together, although, both teams have been in much better shape in years past. Nevertheless, there is always excitement in the air for the Yanks and Red Sox. We take a look at their first matchup of the weekend tonight. The Yankees have predictably started off slowly, coming into Friday night with a record of 8-12. The Yankees had the night off on Thursday, while the Red Sox dropped a 5-3 decision to the bad Atlanta Braves.
The Boston loss sent them to 12-10 on the season. The Red Sox are hoping that acquiring David Price is going to bring them back to the promise land. They spent a big chunk of cash to bring him to Boston and are hoping that their investment pays off. Price has looked uncharacteristically bad thus far, but we’ll see how he handles May.
So far so good for Masahiro Tanaka. He’s going to, knock on wood, make it out of the first month of the season with no injury. Because I said that, watch him tear his shoulder tonight. The Yankees have been hoping to get a healthy Tanaka, who can be an elite pitcher when he has his arm in one piece. Tanaka has looked like an ace and the Yanks to have his services all summer long. The postseason is going to be a stretch for the Yankees, regardless of Tanaka, though. Tanaka will be opposite Henry Owens on the mound this evening. Find the pick below for this Friday night rivalry.
New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.92 ERA) vs. Henry Owens (2-2, 8.10 ERA)
Tanaka has looked solid, without any complications from elbow surgery. Hold your breath though, there is a ways to go for him and the Yankees. Tanaka brings a 2.92 ERA and stellar WHIP of 0.98 into Fenway Park. He has been consistent as you could find. Note that Tanaka has allowed 2 runs in each start this season. Impressively opposing teams have gotten just an average of 4.5 hits per game. But he is going against the Red Sox tonight, a team that has ripped him pretty good over the years. Tanaka has posted a 5.13 ERA against the Red Sox in 40.1 innings pitched.
Henry Owens got his first start after coming up from the minors a few days ago and it didn’t go so well. The Astros took care of him quickly, knocking him around for a 8.10 ERA. His WHIP was all out of whack as well, finishing with a 2.70 WHIP and .474 OBA. Owens in the rotation isn’t ideal for the Red Sox. They are killing time as they wait for the return of Eduardo Rodriguez. Owens had had two starts against the Yankees throughout his career. The results are as follows: 13.50 ERA, 2.10 WHIP, and .367 OBA. That is some ugly stuff. It is my contention that we are going to see some runs scored tonight. I see Tanaka getting touched up a bit for the first time this season, and Owens on the mound is scary to me. Each team should be able to reach at least 4 runs.
PICK: OVER 8 RUNS (-105)