New York and Boston have split the last 28 meetings in this heated rivalry, but tonight’s visitor took three of four games from the defending champs in the first series of the season from April 10-13.
Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury returns to this storied ballpark for the first time this season, as he spent his first seven seasons with the Red Sox. He comes in hitting .338 for his new club and went 5 for 14 against his former team earlier this year.
MLB handicappers will find that the Bronx Bombers are 21-20 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 the last two-plus seasons.
Stuck In Neutral
Boston has struggled to get going offensively after winning a championship a season ago, with the team batting just .238 en route to a 9-11 record through 20 games.
It’s important to point out that 12 of the Red Sox’ first 20 games have been decided by two or fewer runs, including a 7-6 home loss to the Baltimore Orioles Monday afternoon, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests.
The franchise has dropped its first three opportunities at home with a money line of -100 to -125 in 2014.
Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (2-0, 2.05 ERA) is coming off a 3-0 home win over the Chicago Cubs, as he allowed just two hits over eight shutout frames.
The right-hander has recorded at least eight strikeouts in each of his first three efforts—becoming one of just two pitchers to accomplish that feat since 1900.
Tanaka has held opponents to a .205 batting average, as he prepares to face the Red Sox for the first time in his career.
Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (2-2, 2.17 ERA) has picked up back-to-back wins after dropping his first two efforts, as he looks to build off a 3-1 road win over the Chicago White Sox last time out.
The left-hander has compiled a 46-27 record and 3.77 ERA in 105 career home games (104 starts), but suffered a 4-0 defeat to the Milwaukee Brewers in his only effort at this venue this season.
Lester’s 10 wins against the Yankees since the start of the 2009 campaign is the most by any player in that span.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks, as the Red Sox have dropped five of their last six series openers.
MLB Pick: New York Yankees -105