Yankees vs Red Sox: Free MLB Betting Picks & Game Predictions
Boston’s postseason hopes dim after every reduction, since they bowed into the juggernaut five hits in the loss, and last night was no different. With only two wildcard spots they are in what has become a three-horse race between Indians, A’s, along with the Rays the horse. Starting pitching and also the absence of a bona fide closer has been the bane of Boston’s presence this season while their crime, at one time tops in the majors, has slipped into third overall, averaging 5.69 runs each match having a +/- differential of +95.
Tonight, the Red Sox will turn into former Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (12-11, 5.63 ERA, 1.44 WHIP), who has performed nothing like he did back in 2016 when he won the award. Porcello is likely pitching someplace else next year and will no longer reap benefits of a $21 million a year payday because, to put it bluntly, he’s not been very good this year and his prospects for returning to his glory days are gloomy. His album is mainly due to a potent offense behind him, otherwise he would be a sub par .500 pitcher on most other teams. Even the 30-year-old righty has alternated wins and losses with his final outing being yet an alternative clunker in the kind of allowing six runs on eight hits over just four innings of work in a 6-5 loss.
Even the Yankees will trot out Masahiro Tanaka (10-8, 4.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP), that will try to duplicate a solid performance in his last start when he pitched six full innings of two run, seven hit ball at what led to a 7-0 loss to the Mariners. Tanaka has dropped well lately, surrendering two runs or less in four of the last five starts, two of which have been shutout performances.
The traffic are being favored by the MLB odds so marginally. The Red Sox seem to be going down with a whimper instead of a bang since the season winds down but some could point to the gloomy performances of Tanaka this year for a reason to back the house underdogs here. There is not any doubt the Japanese import has been dismal in his two starts in Boston, the first of which he allowed six runs on four hits, without ever making it out of the very first inning, in New York’s 17-13 win back on June 29th. By surrendering 12 runs on 12 hits over three plus innings in a 19-3 loss, he followed stinker up three months later, again in Fenway.
The main point here is that Tanaka has chucked several occasions at Fenway and, in actuality, tossed five innings of one run ball at a victory over the Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS last year. Oddly, Boston’s Rick Porcello is a train wreck at this time and owns a 7.03 ERA in his last 3 starts while Tanaka sports a 3.32 ERA within precisely the same span. The Yankees win huge and will get the job done tonight as they torch Porcello ancient. Back then the Bombers on your MLB picks tonight!
Last Score: Yankees 9 – Red Sox 4
Free MLB Pick: NY Yankees ML (-110) in 5Dimes
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