Ponson may have started to show his true colors when he was ripped by Toronto in his last start, and he was also hit hard in his first start vs. Boston this year. Play Byrd and the Red Sox as dogs.

The Boston Red Sox hurt the New York Yankees playoff chances even more by winning the first game of this crucial series last night, and we look for the Sox to put the Yankees in an even deeper hole tonight.

[articleBanner]who2beton[/articleBanner]Sidney Ponson pitched over his head in his first month since returning to the Yankees, but we fear the real Sir Sidney emerged in his last start vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, where he was torched for seven earned runs on eight hits in only two innings by a Jays offense that had struggled most of the season. Even more important here is that Ponson has failed to record a Quality Start in his last four outings vs. he Red Sox, including an awful appearance this year where he surrendered seven earned runs and 10 hits in four frames.

Paul Byrd has been at least serviceable in two starts for Boston, allowing four runs on each occasion, and he did allow three runs or less in each of his last five starts for the Cleveland Indians prior to that. It is also worth noting that the Boston bullpen has now cracked the top 10 in the majors with a 3.84 ERA, which gives Byrd some nice support here.

The primary reason that most experts predict that the Yankees incredible playoff run will come to an end this season is their lack of quality starting pitching, and we feel that Ponson personifies that here.

Free Pick: Red Sox +105