Another slugfest Likely
Long, high-scoring games have been a staple of the rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Another game like that could be in the works for Saturday in the second game of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Both clubs will send out pitchers who struggled in their most recent starts in Frankie Montas and Kutter Crawford, but the record for the longest nine-inning game in Major League Baseball history, which these teams set in a 4-hour, 45-minute affair won by the Yankees 14-11 in 2006, should be safe.
Benintendi Taking on Old Team
Andrew Benintendi returning to face the Red Sox is one of the bigger storylines for his series, especially doing so as a member of the hated Yankees. The outfielder, who was the seventh player taken in 2015 draft and helped the Red Sox win a World Series in 2018, faced the Red Sox for the first time in Friday’s game and went 1 for 4 in a 3-2 comeback win for the Sox. In 238 games with the Red Sox, the Ohio native batted .279 with 22 home runs, 146 runs scored and 130 RBI. He missed both the series the Kansas City Royals played against Boston as he was on the disabled list. “I’m looking forward to going back and playing in front of that Wall (Green Monster) and hitting there,” he told the media. “Obviously, these series are intense. The fans are really into it, as are we. It will be the same as it ever was. But I’ll be on the other side.”
Pham Powering Red Sox
Tommy Pham has been a welcome addition to the offense for the Red Sox, unfortunately his contributions haven’t led to more wins. The outfielder, who went from one last place team to another when he joined Boston from the Cincinnati Reds, where he spent little more than half a season, has belted four doubles and three home runs while scoring seven runs and driving in eight in his nine games.
The Red Sox have gone 3-6 over that span, but the main problem has been pitching, which has surrendered eight runs per game in the six losses. Pham homered in three straight games prior to doubling in a run in Thursday’s 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles, which halted a four-game losing streak for the Red Sox.
“The thing with Tommy is he stays in the zone. He doesn’t expand,” manager Alex Cora told the media. “When he gets pitches in the zone, he puts good swings on them. For him to drive the ball to center (field), it’s a good sign.”
Yankees vs Red Sox Head-to-Head
The Yankees are 6-5 this season and 24-17 over the last three seasons against the Red Sox. The Yankees’ six wins this season have come by an average margin of 5.83 runs.
Yankees vs Red Sox Game Information
- Game: Yankees (71-42) vs Red Sox (56-58)
- Location: Fenway Park
- Day/Time: Saturday, 7:15 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
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Yankees vs Red Sox Betting Lines
|-142||9 -110o||4½ Evu|
|Red Sox||+127||9 -110u||3½ +115u|
Yankees vs Red Sox Prediction
Seven of the last eight games between the Yankees and the Red Sox have gone over the run line, including three games that eclipsed nine runs and one that covered 10 runs.
Neither team has been a good bet against the run line recently as the Yankees are 2-8 and the Red Sox 3-7 in each of their last 10 games, so stick with betting the over.