New York Yankees (100-62 ) vs Boston Red Sox (108-54)Date : 10/05/2018
Time : 7:32 PM ET
Location : Fenway Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox
The rivalry resumes in October the Boston Red Sox will welcome the New York Yankees to Fenway Park to play in the ALDS in the best of five. Both teams reaching triple digits wins this season Boston with 108 while New York has 100. They played each other 19 times the Red Sox won a close season series 10-9, the last time these two teams met the Yankees ended up beating the Red Sox at Fenway Park to clinch home-field advantage in the Wild Card game.
New York Yankees's Latest Performance :
The Yankees got the matchup they wanted after taking down the A’s in the Wild Card game. The Yankees are hoping to replicate their performance the last time they played in Fenway by putting up 19 runs. The Yankees ended the season with the most homers with 267 homers so I expect their batters will look for the opportunity to go yard every time they get a chance. The Yankees bullpen is considered one of the best in the league and will play a huge part in the series against the Red Sox. The Yankees are 47-34 when playing on the road this season.
Batters to watch this series: Aaron Judge, he is coming off a terrific night where he opened up the scoring against the A’s, he finished the game with a double and a homer. His homer was the hardest he has hit since returning from the DL clocking 116.1 mph. He is ready for the postseason baseball. He’s the only player to homer in multiple Wild Card Games. The Red Sox pitchers will have to all they can to keep Judge at bay.
Giancarlo Stanton, he struck a solo homer against the A’s in his last outing, it was a 443-foot no-doubter off Blake Treinen, and it put the Yankees up 7-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning. The ball carried an exit velocity of 117.4 mph, making it the hardest-hit postseason home run since Statcast began tracking batted ball data in 2015. He will prove to be a handful for the Red Sox in this series.
Pitcher to watch in this series: Luis Severino, he is coming off a four-plus scoreless inning against the A’s he is one of the reasons why the Yankees are in the position they are in. The majority of his pitches are sliders. He put together three good outings to close out the 2018 regular season and he looks to be in fine form heading into a big NLDS matchup against the rival Red Sox. He is likely to start in game 3 in the Bronx. He finishes the regular season with a record of 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
Boston Red Sox's Latest Performance :
Boston is well rested as they prepare themselves for yet another instant classic series against their rivals Yankees. The Red Sox are the best team in the MLB in the regular season but baseball in October is different. The Red Sox are well aware that the Yankees are on a hot streak winning twice at Fenway putting up 19 runs in the two wins in the three-game series. Coming into this series the Red Sox are the best batting team in the league with 876 runs scored this season and 8th in pitching with a 3.75 ERA. They are 57-24 when playing at Fenway this season. The Red Sox are 7-3 against the Yankees at Fenway.
Player to watch in this series: Mookie Betts, he is having his best year as a batter putting up 32 homers and 80 RBIs while stealing 30 bases in the regular season. The hit ups his season average to .346 to go along with a .438 on-base percentage and .640 slugging percentage. There is a very good chance that he will take home the MVP this season. He will have a competitive batting matchup against Judge in the ALDS.
J.D. Martinez, he finishes the regular season with an impressive 130 RBI over 150 games, with six steals. He has 43 homers simply put he is a hitting machine for Boston the team will need his production against the Yankees in this series. He has a slash line of .330/.402/.629.
Pitcher to watch in this series: Chris Sale, this will be the first time that Sale will pitch against the Yankees in the postseason so it will be his first taste of the postseason rivalry. He’s 6-4 lifetime against them, with 130 strikeouts and a 1.61 ERA in 100 2/3 innings. He finishes the regular season with a 12-4 record with a 2.11 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
How New York Yankees & Boston Red Sox Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Red Sox are 15-7 in their last 22 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
Against The Spread Selection: New York Yankees
My reason for the pick :
The rivalry will be as advertised every game in this series will go down to the wire. The Yankees batters will get the better of the Red Sox pitchers as they will advance to the ALCS. Judge will be the difference maker in this series. The Yankees are 72-36, which works out to a .667 winning percentage when he is in the starting line up he is looking stronger than ever after recovering from a wrist injury. He hit .346 with five home runs, 10 RBI and a 1.096 OPS in the 14 games he played against the Red Sox in 2018. It is time for them outshine his rivals and lead his team to a 3-2 series win over the Red Sox. For the Red Sox, they will play well but get shut down by the Yankees bullpen. Martinez will have a great series but he will be overpowered by the Yankees offense who will be looking to hit homers any time they have a chance.
The Yankees upset the Red Sox 3-2 in the in the best of five to advance to the ALCS.
Betting trends for New York Yankees:
- Yankees are 40-13 in their last 53 when their opponent scores 5 runs or more in their previous game.
- Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 road games.
Betting trends for Boston Red Sox:
- Red Sox are 44-17 in their last 61 home games.
- Red Sox are 37-16 in their last 53 vs. American League East.