Saturday’s rematch has Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes (2-3, 4.97 ERA) facing Red Sox lefty Felix Doubront (3-2, 5.29 ERA).
Yankees, Rivera hold off Sox
New York jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in Friday’s opener, with Jayson Nix and Ichiro Suzuki driving in one run each. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera logged his 19th save, tossing one strikeout as part of a scoreless final frame.
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit 3-for-4, poking a pair of doubles. Boston’s Mike Napoli logged his side’s sole RBI, while he and his mates edged out the Yankees in hits, 8-7.
Hughes outdueled by Mets
Hughes picked up a second straight no-decision in Monday’s 2-1 defeat for the Yankees against the New York Mets. The 26-year-old held the Mets to one run over seven innings, failing to cash as a minus 104 road choice.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardiner drilled a triple from the leadoff spot, finishing 1-for-4. Nix and Suzuki united to hit 3-for-7, while Yankees reliever David Robertson logged his staff’s loss.
Doubront bailed out at home
Doubront lasted six frames in Sunday’s 6-5 victory for Boston as a 133 home favorite against the Cleveland Indians. The Venezuela native came away with a no-decision, giving up two homers en route to hurling eight strikeouts.
Boston sparked a four-run rally in the ninth inning to win the affair, with a double from outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury driving in the tying and go-ahead scores. Ellsbury’s mates Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also notched one RBI each in the frame, despite finishing a combined 0-for-7.
Back the Red Sox as road dogs
Bet365 opened Hughes as a 109 home favorite, lifting the premium to 115 after early wagers on the Yankees. The ‘total’ opened at eight, with a minus 120 lean eventually shifting to the OVER.
I am taking Doubront and the Red Sox as short dogs, looking for John Farrell’s club to even the series up.
Doubront has settled down in his last two road spots after an inconsistent start to the year. The southpaw faces a Yankees lineup that has been held to a .225 BA against left-handed pitching at home.
Hughes has tossed a few loose affairs on his home hill, logging a sizeable 1.58 WHIP and .355 OBP over his five dates at Yankee Stadium. The seven-year hurler has surrendered six homers in the span’s 24 2/3 IP, while New York is 1-4 in Hughes’ last five starts as a favorite.
Boston is 4-1 in its last five outings against a righty starter and has notched its share of slugging against Hughes in the past. Red Sox mates Mike Carp and Mike Napoli have cracked one homer each, hitting with a combined 7-for-15 career mark.
Look for the Red Sox to put up some early runs here, while holding on for a cashed MLB picks ticket at plus odds.
Free Pick: Boston Red Sox +105 at Bet365