Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Preview and Free Pick – July 17th 2016

Boston (51-38) at NY Yankees (44-46)
When: Sunday, July 17th 2016
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN

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The New York Yankees will look to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of their bitter rival the Boston Red Sox when the teams meet on Sunday Night Baseball. Boston took the first two games behind strong starting pitching and timely hitting from both of their catchers. Ryan Hanigan homered in support of Steven Wright on Friday and Sandy Leon belted a three-run shot among his four RBIs to back Eduardo Rodriguez in Saturday’s 5-2 victory. Leon has recorded multiple hits in five of his last seven games. The Yankees dropped two games under .500 with the losses and look more and more like a team that will be selling when the trade deadline rolls around on August 1st. New York’s opponents before the deadline will be home against first-place Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco, Houston, and Tampa Bay. New York DH Alex Rodriguez started each of the last two games and went 1-for-7 to drop his average to .218. Red Sox All-Star RF Mookie Betts has hit safely in 13 straight games and is batting .429 in July.

Pitchers: Red Sox – David Price (9-6, 4.34 ERA) | Yankees – Masahiro Tanaka (6-2, 3.23)

David Price has recorded ten strikeouts in two straight starts including eight shutout innings of Tampa Bay right before the All-Star Break. Price had a rough time in back-to-back starts against New York on May 1st and 7th, allowing a total of 12 runs and 15 hits in 11.2 innings while recording just seven strikeouts.

Tanaka ended his first half on a sour note, getting ripped for seven runs – three earned – and 10 hits in 4.2 innings at Cleveland on July 10th. He dominated the White Sox in his previous start after getting ripped by Texas. Consistency has been Tanaka’s issue as of late. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in three of his last six starts and a total of 18 allowed – 14 earned – in the other three. Tanaka surrendered two runs in 6.2 innings at Boston on April 29th and is 4-2 with a 4.79 ERA in eight career starts against them.

Boston is really hot right now winners of six in a row and eight of nine. The Yankees pitching has been bad allowing four or more runs in seven straight games. Look for Price to continue his strikeout streak and shut down New York.

Pick: Red Sox -120

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