Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
Where: Yankee Stadium
When: Saturday, August 1, 2020, 7:07 pm ET
We have an American League East matchup to discuss when the Boston Red Sox meet the New York Yankees for game two of their three-game scheduled series. This preview was written prior to the start of game one and all stats and opinions are based on the stats from Thursday’s completed play.
Boston is 3-4 on the season and is planning for righty Zach Godley to make the start. New York is 4-1 this season and righty Masahiro Tanaka is the Yankees probable starter for this matchup.
Red Sox Just Below .500Boston has a new manager and this Red Sox team might not be as good as other Boston teams of the past, but they still have a good roster with terrific players and probably is better than it’s 3-4 record. The Red Sox have scored 36 runs with eight bombs over their first seven games so scoring runs hasn’t been the issue. Red Sox starters have recorded just one quality start and the bullpen has three holds and two saves through the first seven games.
Christian Vázquez has hit 4 HR and played in only 5 games this season. He has tied the Red Sox record for most HR in a player’s first 5 games of a season, matching Jackie Jensen (1954 & 1958) and Bobby Doerr (1941). (Source: @EliasSports)— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) July 31, 2020
Godley (0-0, 0.00) is coming off a four-inning, seven strikeouts no-decision against the New York Mets. Godley scattered four hits and looked awfully impressive in his first outing of the season. He’s up against a Yankees offense that has scored 26 runs with nine bombs over their first five games.
Yankees off to fast startThe Yankees are cruising and off to a 4-1 start to its season. They’ve had good hitting and solid pitching that has helped them to series wins over Washington and Baltimore. New York has also been relatively healthy but infielder Gleyber Torres is listed as day-to-day with an unspecified injury. The Yankees, unfortunately, missed some games this past week thanks to COVID-19 and the rest might have done them some good.
Tanaka is making his first start of the season and is coming off an 11-9 season with a 4.45 ERA alongside a 1.24 WHIP over 182 innings pitched. His 28 home runs allowed were the second most of his six-year career and he’s up against a Boston offense that has scored 36 runs with eight dingers this season.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The juice is too high to take the Yankees on the money line so we’ll have to play the run line on this matchup. Godley is a decent pitcher but the Yankees have a loaded lineup from top to bottom and I suspect they are going to lay a crooked number on the Red Sox. Tanaka is making his first start of the season and he’ll likely throw 4-5 innings and then turn it over to the more than capable bullpen. Take the Yankees and lay the -1.5 runs.
Prediction: Yankees -1.5 Runs
Full-Game Total Pick
The total Vegas posted is ten runs and I suspect that number might be a bit low. I see New York going off and scoring a pile of runs in front of their empty seats disguised as fans. I also see the Red Sox roughing up Tanaka a bit because Boston can crack the ball. I like the Yankees bullpen a bit better than Boston’s and I will take the OVER in this matchup.