The Yankees are on the verge of being swept by their most-hated rival. Can they avoid Boston breaking out the brooms Sunday night at Fenway Park?
Game Snapshot & Odds
927 New York Yankees at 928 Boston Red Sox
Sunday, August 5, 2018
8:05 p.m. ET, Fenway Park
Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Red Sox as a -130 favorite. As of this writing, 52% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Yankees to beat the Red Sox on the moneyline.
Yankees’ Tanaka delivers three-hit shutout vs. Rays
Masahiro Tanaka pitched a three-hitter for his third career shutout Tuesday against the Rays. Tanaka struck out nine and walked one in the 105-pitch gem. Not only was it his first complete game of the year, but it was the first time in 16 starts that he had finished even seven innings. The nine strikeouts also matched his season high. He moved to 8-2 with a 4.09 ERA.
Red Sox’ Price holds Phillies to one run over 8 innings
David Price yielded just one run on eight hits over eight innings while taking a no-decision in Monday’s 2-1, 13-inning win over the Phillies. Price struck out five and walked one on the evening. He allowed more baserunners than you’d like to see, but this was a strong overall showing nonetheless.
The veteran left-hander has now pitched into or through the seventh inning in each of his last three starts. On the whole, Price is working to a 3.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 119/36 K/BB ratio across 21 starts covering 122 1/3 innings.
A home dance against the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball shows next on his schedule. That’s been a horror show of a matchup for Price in the past, but he’s at least heading toward that fateful date fresh off a rock-solid performance.
MLB Betting Trends
The Yankees have lost four straight and four of their last five versus the Red Sox. They’re also winless in their last four games played at Fenway.
The Red Sox are a perfect 6-0 in Price’s last six home starts. They’re 12-2 in his last 14 outings overall.
The Yankees are in a funk and they have looked lifeless in this series but they own Price. New York’s current roster has faced Price over 175 plate appearances. Those Yankee hitters own a .310 batting average versus Price, a .361 on base percentage and a .845 OPS. Shortstop Didi Gregorius has victimized Price the most, collecting 13 hits in 30 at bats (.433 average), with one home run and five RBI.
The Pick: New York Yankees +120