Sale Loaded to Lead Red Sox to a Series Split in New York

Willie Bee

Sunday, September 3, 2017 1:32 PM UTC

Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017 1:32 PM UTC

Will Chris Sale finally get his first win in a Boston uniform over the Yankees? The MLB odds think so as the old rivals finish their season series in a prime-time ESPN matchup.

There’s no question that Chris Sale (15-6, 2.77) is the ace of the Boston Red Sox staff, the southpaw owning the 2nd-best ERA in the AL and MLB-leading strikeout total. And yet, he doesn’t have a dubya in four tries against the New York Yankees. Sale gets his last chance for this season Sunday night when ESPN points its cameras at the final regular season matchup between the old rivals. Luis Severino (11-6, 3.14) opposes Sale and BetOnline has Boston favored with 7 for the total.

Solid mound efforts by CC Sabathia on Thursday and Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday have helped the Yankees to a couple of wins in the series. Boston got another great start from Doug Fister to take Friday’s contest by a 4-1 count. Saturday’s triumph guaranteed New York its third season series victory in four years over the Red Sox, and all three games so far in this set failed to reach the totals.


Benintendi Tough Out In Boston Lineup For Severino
Sale’s most recent encounter with the Yankees was the only one that he really deserved to lose by allowing four runs and serving up a pair of long balls. The previous three assignments vs. New York found the Floridian working 22.2 innings and only surrendering three earned runs, but he only received four runs of support himself with the bullpen blowing one one possible win.

Severino’s first two starts against Boston this season were good ones, the young Dominican going seven in each outing and giving up just one run while the Yankees notched victories in both contests. The Red Sox finally got to him about three weeks ago, however, Severino touched up for 10 runs (8 earned) before being relieved in the fifth inning of a 10-5 loss that came with New York -160 home chalk on the MLB odds.


Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick
The umpire crew completes one full circuit when Sam Holbrook dons the mask Sunday evening. Four of Holbrook’s last five plate assignments feel short of the totals to leave the 19-year vet at 11-13-2 O/U/P on the season. Home underdogs have produced split results, 4-4, and his last game behind the dish in the Bronx was also found the red Sox in town, Boston and ‘under’ bettors returning to the pay window with winning tickets.

Cloudy skies could bring some rain to the Big Apple today, though it should start to clear by game time when a 10-12 mph west wind (out to center) is the chief concern. I’m liking Sale to come out on top tonight and will make Boston my free baseball pick.

My MLB Pick: Red Sox -115 at 5Dimes

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Season: 69-72-4 (+1.07)

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