Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/15/2020
Game: Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Red Sox (+170) Yankees (-185)
Yankee Stadium is the venue where Gio Urshela and the New York Yankees (12-6, 1st in AL East) will play the Boston Red Sox (6-13, 5th in AL East) on Saturday. The Yankees open this matchup at -185 while the Red Sox are priced at +170. The over/under opens at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Nathan Eovaldi and James Paxton.
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/14/2020 Jose Peraza 2B Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/13/2020 Andrew Benintendi LF Ribs Expected to be out until at least Aug 28
8/13/2020 Darwinzon Hernandez RP Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Aug 18
Key New York Yankees Injuries
8/12/2020 Aaron Judge RF Lower Body Probable for Aug 14
8/11/2020 Giancarlo Stanton DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
8/9/2020 Aroldis Chapman RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Red Sox have a 6-13 overall record this season. Eovaldi (47-55 record in his career) sits with a FIP of 4.04 and he has faced 4,023 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 4.29 (448 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.364. He has allowed 984 base hits (9.4 hits per 9 innings) and has 297 free passes. Eovaldi has pitched in 939 innings and has racked up 734 punchouts during his career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.94 and they have given up 101 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .240 against the bullpen and they've struck out 100 hitters and walked 43 batters. As a team, Boston allows 10.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.6. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 188 base hits and 104 earned runs. They have allowed 29 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 81 batters and struck out 162. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.61 and their FIP as a unit is 5.03.
As a team Boston is hitting .254, good for 6th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .422 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Jackie Bradley Jr is hitting .211 with an on-base percentage of .274. He has 12 hits this season in 57 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .246 and an OPS+ of 42. J.D. Martinez is hitting .232 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 16 hits and he has driven in 9 men in 69 at bats. His OPS+ is 104 while his slugging percentage is at .435. The Red Sox have 166 hits, including 37 doubles and 23 home runs. Boston has walked 50 times so far this season and they have struck out 175 times as a unit. They have left 124 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 4.47 runs per contest and have scored a total of 85 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
New York has a 12-6 overall mark this year. During his MLB career, Paxton has allowed 677 base knocks while totaling 819 strikeouts in 743 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 294 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.214 and having a FIP of 3.3. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.64 and he has gone up against 3,084 hitters so far in his MLB career. Paxton (56-33 career record) holds a 3.56 earned run average and has conceded 8.2 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.49 and they have given up 53 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .181 against the Yankees bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 75 batters and walked 30 opposing hitters. As a team, New York allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.3 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 123 base knocks and 69 earned runs this season. They have given up 22 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. New York as a staff has walked 58 hitters and struck out 151 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.24 while their FIP as a staff is 4.31.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 7th in the league. The Yankees hold a .468 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .345, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 7.9 hits per contest. Gio Urshela comes into this matchup batting .273 with an OBP of .369. He has 15 hits this year along with 13 RBI in 55 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .509 with an OPS+ of 142. Luke Voit is hitting .275 this season and he has an OBP of .339. He has collected 14 hits in 51 at bats while driving in 12 runs. He has an OPS+ of 152 and a slugging percentage of .588. The Yankees as a unit have 143 base hits, including 25 doubles and 31 homers. New York has walked 67 times this year and they have struck out on 151 occasions. They have had 118 men left on base and have an OPS of .813. They have scored 5.22 runs per game and totaled 94 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Yankees MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees (-185)
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