NY Yankees (77-71) at Boston (84-64)
When: Sunday, September 18th 2016
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: ESPN
The Boston Red Sox will look for a four-game sweep of bitter rival the New York Yankees when the teams meet on Sunday Night Baseball. The Red Sox started this series on Thursday with a dramatic come-from-behind ninth inning rally when Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer over the center field wall to demoralize the Yankees. Xander Bogaerts was the hero yesterday when he broke out of a slump in a big way. Bogaerts was hitting .214 from August 1st until Saturday when he homered, hit two doubles, scored three times, and drive in another three in the 6-5 win. Boston is now three games ahead of Baltimore and Toronto in the AL East with 14 games remaining. The Yankees came into this series red-hot, but have now put themselves in a huge hole in the division. The Wild Card hopes are still alive, but they are now four back of the O’s and Jays. Yankees 2B Starlin Castro (hamstring) and CF Jacoby Ellsbury (knee) both left Saturday’s game and were sent back to New York for MRIs.
Pitchers: Yankees – CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.10 ERA) | Red Sox – Drew Pomeranz (10-12, 3.25)
CC Sabathia will look to make it two solid outings in a row after dominating the Los Angeles Dodgers in interleague play on Tuesday, scattering three hits over 6.1 scoreless innings while striking out seven. Sabathia lasted only four innings against the Rays in his previous start and surrendered three solo homeruns. Sabathia last saw Boston on July 16th and was hit for five runs – four earned – on nine hits and three walks in 5.1 innings to suffer a loss.
Drew Pomeranz really needs to turn things around before the postseason starts. He is winless in his last four starts and was hit for five runs on four hits and a pair of walks over two innings in a loss to Baltimore on Tuesday. Pomeranz gave up a pair of home runs in the second inning and was lifted after 63 pitches. Pomeranz got his first taste of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry on August 10th, when he held New York to one run over 5.1 innings but did not factor in the decision.
The Yankees are all but done and the Red Sox smell blood. Pomeranz will turn things around tonight and the Red Sox will hit Sabathia hard. I’ll take the runline in this one and a Boston sweep.
Pick: Red Sox -1.5 +110