NY Yankees (8-14) at Boston (14-10)
When: Sunday, May 1st 2016
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The Boston Red Sox will look to complete a three-game sweep of the bitter rivals – the New York Yankees – on Sunday Night Baseball. New York’s 8-0 loss to Boston on Saturday marked the seventh-straight game in which they have scored three runs or less and the Yankees have lost four in a row overall. The Yankees sit in last-place in the American League East and are now 3-7 on the road. Second baseman Starlin Castro is the only Yankee that is hitting right now. He’s 9-for-20 over the last six games and is the only regular hitting over .262 on the season. The Red Sox are going in the opposite direction as they are only a half game behind the Orioles for the division lead. Boston has won six of their last seven overall, but three of those wins came against the lowly Atlanta Braves. David Ortiz, who is retiring at the end of the season, is having a sensational start to the year. He is hitting .321 on the season and has hit a homerun in each of the first two games of this series. Jackie Bradley recorded two triples while going 3-for-3 with three RBIs in Saturday’s 8-0 victory and is 10-for-27 with nine RBIs during his seven-game hitting streak.
Pitchers: Yankees – Nathan Eovaldi (1-2, 4.38 ERA) | Red Sox – David Price (3-0, 5.76)
Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for New York and he’s coming off his best outing to date. He no-hit the Texas Rangers for six innings last Monday and ended up shutting them down for seven scoreless innings en route to a 3-1 victory – New York’s only win this week. Eovaldi has recorded 28 strikeouts in 24.2 innings this season and is 2-0 in three lifetime starts against Boston with an ERA of 4.24. Hanley Ramirez is the only active Red Sox who has done much damage against him (5-for-13 HR, 4 RBI).
David Price will take the mound for the first time against the Yankees as a member of the Red Sox. Price matched a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings of an 11-4 victory in Atlanta on Tuesday, lowering his ERA to 5.76 after allowing two runs and increasing his strikeout total to 46 in 29.2 innings this season. Price was knocked around by the Rays in his previous start to the tune of eight runs in 3.2 innings of work. Price is 13-7 career against the Yankees and has struck out Alex Rodriguez 24 times in 59 at-bats.
Price should have success tonight against New York in what I think will be a low scoring contest. The line is a little high, but the Yankees just can’t score any runs right now. Take the Red Sox.
Pick: Red Sox -160