The New York Yankees (+400 to win the World Series) are running away with the lead in the American League East, while the Boston Red Sox (+1400) are lagging behind their archrivals. These two teams will meet once again for a double-header at Fenway Park this coming Saturday. Regardless of their records, any time the Yankees and the Red Sox meet, expect an electrifying atmosphere for this series.
Game by Game Betting Preview for the New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox Regular-Season Series Running from June 29-30 2019
Where: Fenway Park, Boston
Game 1 Saturday, June 29, 1:10 PM EST
Game 2 Sunday, June 29, 10:00 AM EST
Line: New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox – view all MLB lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Starters: Masahiro Tanaka (5-5, 3.21 ERA) vs. Rick Porcello (5-7, 4.52 ERA)
Tanaka is living large on the mound lately for the Bronx Bombers. After starting the month with back-to-back shaky starts in which he allowed a total of eight earned runs across 12.2 innings, Tanaka has found his rhythm since. Against the Tampa Bay Rays on Jun. 17 at home, Tanaka tossed a complete game one-hitter, walking just one batter while striking out 10 Rays in a 3-0 victory. He followed that performance up with another solid outing, holding the Houston Astros down to only two runs on eight hits in six innings of a 7-5 home win on Jun. 22. This will be Tanaka’s first time facing the Red Sox this season, but he is 804 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 career starts against Boston. Porcello, on the other hand, isn’t having as much fun on the mound this June as Tanaka, as the 10-year veteran is coming off a forgettable performance in a 6-1 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Jun. 23 in which he surrendered five earned runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings. He started against the Yankees earlier this month, but picked up a loss after yielding five earned runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings of a 5-3 defeat on the road. Porcello is 4-4 with a 4.11 ERA in nine home starts this season.
Edwin Encarnacion is 13-for-46 with three home runs in career vs. Porcello.
Mookie Betts is 13-for-42 with two home runs in career vs. Tanaka.
Prediction: Yankees win, 6-4.
Starters: J.A. Happ (7-4, 5.23 ERA) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (8-4, 4.87 ERA)
Happ had a traumatizing experience the last time he stepped on the mound. In a matchup with the Astros on Jun. 23, Happ was embarrassed by Houston hitters in front of Yankees fans, as they scored eight runs on 11 hits with three homers in 4.0 innings off of the lefty. That bad outing heavily damaged Happ’s June ERA, which has now ballooned to 6.43 across 21.0 innings in five starts. However, Happ, however, has enjoyed more success against Boston this season. He is 1-0 with just four runs allowed on nine hits across 11.1 innings (two starts) against the Red Sox this year. Rodriguez has seen his form drop over his past two starts. During that span, he allowed nine earned runs on 14 hits, including four home runs in 13.1 innings. However, both starts have ended in wins for the Red Sox, thanks to their offense. Rodriguez is getting a tantalizing 8.29 runs behind him per nine innings pitched so far this 2019.
Didi Gregorius is 10-for-32 in career vs. Rodriguez.
Rafael Devers is 5-for-17 in career vs. Happ.
Prediction: Yankees win, 7-5.
Writer’s Overall Series Prediction
Yankees take both games in this short but sweet series.
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