New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox 8/3/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 8/2/2014
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 8:05 PM on ESPN
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
New York Yankees - Phelps, D (5-5) vs. Boston Red Sox - Buchholz, C (5-7)
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Sunday night, the New York Yankees will give the ball to David Phelps (5 -5, 3.89 ERA) as they square off against the Boston Red Sox and Clay Buchholz (5 - 7, 5.87 ERA).
David Phelps took the loss his last time out after allowing 4 runs and 8 hits in 6 innings. He walked a batter and struck out 3. Prior to the los, Phelps had been on a nice roll and had gone 4 - 1 in his last 9 starts. A little more run support would have allowed him to pick up a few more wins in that span. One more victory will allow Phelps to match his win total from 2013 when he posted a record of 6 - 5 with a 4.98 ERA in 12 starts and 10 relief appearances.
Last season, Phelps pitched just 1.2 innings in 2 relief appearances against the Red Sox. He has three relief appearances against Boston this season and has allowed 2 runs and 4 hits with 4 walks and 8 strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.
Clay Buchholz was lit up in his last outing and it led to his 2nd straight loss. In the defeat, Buchholz gave up 7 runs and 7 hits (including a homer) in just 5 innings. He walked 4 while striking out 4. Buchholz has been hammered in his last 10 outings and is just 3 - 4 in that span of time. He doesn't look like the pitcher that went 12 - 1 with a 1.74 ERA in 16 starts during the 2103 campaign.
Last season, Buchholz was a perfect 3 - 0 with a 0.50 ERA in 3 starts against the Yankees. This season, Buchholz is 0 - 1 in his one start against New York.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 46-59-2 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Yankees is -0.3
Boston Red Sox Betting Trends
Boston Red Sox are 44-60-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Boston Red Sox is -0.5
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
07/10/14 P Masahiro Tanaka Elbow 15-day DL (7/9)
05/11/14 P CC Sabathia Knee 60-day DL (5/11); out for season
05/06/14 P Michael Pineda Shoulder 60-day DL (4/24)
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
Boston Red Sox
08/01/14 RF Yoenis Cespedes Rest questionable
08/01/14 RF Shane Victorino Back 15-day DL
07/23/14 3B Kelly Johnson Groin 15-day DL (7/22)
05/31/14 1B Ryan Lavarnway Wrist 60-day DL (5/30)
Josh's Pick: Take Boston
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