Boston vs New York MLB Game Preview
There was a time, not so very long ago, when a series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees would get every baseball betting fan a little fired up. While these two teams still hold each other in a high level of disdain, some of the fire has gone out, as both have fallen out of elite status over the past couple of years. The Yankees look as though they may have turned the corner, though, and they will want to continue their charge to the postseason at the expense of their rivals when they meet in the Big Apple on Tuesday night.
Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees MLB Game Preview
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 4th, 7:05 PM
Venue: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
TV: YES, MLBN
Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Opening Line: Yankees -200
The Yankees (59-45) have taken a firm grip on the AL East in recent weeks, putting together solid win streaks while the other teams in the division falter. The lead at the top is now at 6 games, and no-one has really shown that they are capable of closing that gap. There are a number of reasons why the Yankees have surged to the top, but it is a high level of consistency that has to be considered the number on reason why they have been able to open up a good lead. They have played 5 series in the second half, and have yet to lose one of them. The closes they came to losing that streak was a 4-game split with the Texas Rangers. Their bats are hot right now, and that has to be bad news for a struggling Red Sox pitching staff. Masahiro Tanaka (7-4, 3.80 ERA) will be looking to bounce back from a loss when he takes to the mound on Tuesday.
Pitching has been the Achilles heel for the Boston Red Sox (47-59) all season long, and is probably why they are deep in the cellar in the AL East. This is a team that does not have an ace in the starting rotation, which means they are forced to rely too heavily on their bats to get the job done. Those bats have come to life a little in the past week, yet the Red Sox still only managed a 3-3 record. If you want to look for positives coming into this series, it is that they are coming off a series win against the Tampa Bay Rays, who are another team heading in the wrong direction. Henry Owens is scheduled to get his first career start for the Sox on Tuesday night.
BOSTON RED SOX
- Mookie Betts OF 7-Day DL
- Clay Buchholz P 60-Day DL
- Dustin Pedroia 2B 15-Day DL
- Rick Porcello P 15-Day DL
- Anthony Varvaro P 60-Day DL
- Christian Vazquez C 60-Day DL
- Brandon Workman P 60-Day DL
NEW YORK YANKEES
- Diego Moreno P 15-Day DL
- Michael Pineda P 15-Day DL
- Sergio Santos P 60-Day DL
- Chase Whitley P 60-Day DL
- Mason Williams OF 60-Day DL
This looks as though it might well be a baptism by fire for young Owens, as he is being thrown in against a team with a red hot offense right now. This should be a pretty easy win for the Yankees.