NY Yankees (66-35) at Boston (56-47)
When: Thursday, July 25th, 2019
Where: Fenway Park,
Time: 10:07 ET | TV: MLB Network
Opening Odds: New York -127/11
The top two scoring teams in the league will square-off once again this weekend when the New York Yankees visit the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series starting Thursday night. This will be the first time they’ve met since their slugfest in London with the Yankees 11 games clear of Boston and 10 ahead of second place Tampa Bay. New York is coming off a wild series in Minnesota in which they took two of three after Wednesday’s 10-7 victory – predicted by us at UltimateCapper. Didi Gregorious went 8-for-10 and drove in 10 runs over the last two games to help give the Yankees their ninth win in 13 games since the All-Star Break. The Red Sox began a string of 14 straight games against Tampa Bay and New York by taking two of three against the Rays after Wednesday’s 3-2 setback in St. Petersburg. Boston outfielder Mookie Betts has reached base in 21 straight games and the Red Sox have at least one extra-base hit in 117 consecutive contests – the longest active streak in baseball. Boston is just 1-6 so far this season against the Yankees and are two games behind Oakland in the wild card standings.
Pitchers: Red Sox – Rick Porcello (8-7, 5.61 ERA) | Yankees – Masahiro Tanaka (7-5, 4.00)
Rick Porcello will face Masahiro Tanaka for the second time this season and both are hoping for better showings than their last one in London. Porcello was tagged for six runs in one-third of an inning in that wild 17-13 loss on June 29th but has won his last three starts. He earned his eighth win at Baltimore on Saturday despite allowing six runs and 11 hits in five innings of a 17-6 victory over the Orioles. Porcello is 10-9 with a 3.68 ERA in 24 starts against the Yankees.
Tanaka allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning over in London against the Red Sox, but is unbeaten in his last seven starts after allowing five runs and seven hits in six innings of an 11-5 victory over Colorado on Saturday. Tanaka has allowed four runs or more in three of his last four starts and owns a 5.09 ERA over his last seven outings. He is 8-4 with a 4.82 ERA in 19 outings versus Boston.
The Yankees have Boston’s number this year and this weekend series should be no different. It would be a safe bet to take the Yankees in all four games starting with the opener on Thursday.
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Pick: Yankees -116
Yankees are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games.
Yankees are 43-14 in their last 57 games vs. a right-handed starter.
Yankees are 27-9 in their last 36 vs. a team with a winning record.
Yankees are 45-15 in their last 60 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Yankees are 42-16 in their last 58 games on grass.
Yankees are 52-20 in their last 72 vs. American League East.
Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
Yankees are 37-15 in their last 52 during game 1 of a series.
Yankees are 39-16 in their last 55 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Yankees are 57-25 in their last 82 overall.
Red Sox are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series.
Red Sox are 23-9 in their last 32 Thursday games.
Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. American League East.
Red Sox are 5-2 in their last 7 overall.
Red Sox are 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Red Sox are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Red Sox are 22-8 in Porcello’s last 30 starts with 4 days of rest.
Red Sox are 5-2 in Porcello’s last 7 starts.
Red Sox are 5-2 in Porcello’s last 7 Thursday starts.
Red Sox are 35-17 in Porcello’s last 52 starts on grass.
Over is 4-0 in Yankees last 4 overall.
Over is 4-0 in Yankees last 4 on grass.
Under is 7-1-1 in Yankees last 9 vs. American League East.
Over is 21-5-1 in Yankees last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
Over is 8-2-1 in Yankees last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Over is 38-13-2 in Yankees last 53 road games.
Over is 20-8-1 in Yankees last 29 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Over is 36-16-2 in Yankees last 54 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
Over is 9-4-1 in Yankees last 14 vs. a team with a winning record.
Over is 8-1-1 in Red Sox last 10 Thursday games.
Over is 5-1 in Red Sox last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Over is 4-1 in Red Sox last 5 overall.
Over is 4-1 in Red Sox last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Over is 4-1 in Red Sox last 5 vs. American League East.
Over is 7-3 in Red Sox last 10 home games.
Over is 35-15-2 in Red Sox last 52 during game 1 of a series.
Over is 11-5 in Red Sox last 16 on grass.
Over is 9-0-1 in Porcello’s last 10 Thursday starts.
Over is 4-0 in Porcello’s last 4 starts on grass.
Over is 4-0 in Porcello’s last 4 starts overall.
Under is 5-1 in Porcello’s last 6 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Boston.
Yankees are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Red Sox are 4-1 in Porcello’s last 5 home starts vs. Yankees.
Under is 6-2-2 in Porcello’s last 10 home starts vs. Yankees.
Under is 9-3-2 in Porcello’s last 14 starts vs. Yankees.
Yankees are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Boston.