Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/16/2020
Game: Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Red Sox (+140) Yankees (-152)
Gleyber Torres and the New York Yankees (13-6, 1st in AL East) host the Boston Red Sox (6-14, 5th in AL East) at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. The Red Sox open this game at +140 while the Yankees are priced at -152. The total has been set at 9.5. The starting pitchers will be Ryan Brasier and J.A. Happ.
Key Boston Red Sox Injuries
8/15/2020 Jose Peraza 2B Knee Probable for 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
8/14/2020 Aaron Judge RF Calf Expected to be out until at least Aug 22
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 6-14 overall record this season. Brasier (4-4 career mark) is the owner of a FIP of 3.94 while he has gone up against 429 opposing batters in the majors. His earned run average is 3.89 (45 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.172. He has conceded 87 base knocks (7.5 hits per nine innings) with 35 walks. Brasier has taken the ball for 104 innings and has accounted for 103 K's in his MLB career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 5.40 and they have given up 111 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the bullpen and they've struck out 106 hitters and walked 45 batters. As a team, Boston allows 10.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 29th in the league in team earned run average at 5.86. The Red Sox pitchers collectively have given up 202 base hits and 114 earned runs. They have allowed 30 home runs this season, ranking them 4th in the league. Boston as a pitching staff has walked 86 batters and struck out 170. They have walked 4.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.65 and their FIP as a unit is 5.06.
As a team Boston is hitting .252, good for 9th in the league. The Red Sox hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313, which is good for 16th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 8.7 hits per game. Alex Verdugo is hitting .258 with an on-base percentage of .324. He has 16 hits this season in 62 at bats with 7 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .468 and an OPS+ of 110. Mitch Moreland is hitting .300 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .349. He has totaled 12 hits and he has driven in 12 men in 40 at bats. His OPS+ is 191 while his slugging percentage is at .775. The Red Sox have 173 hits, including 38 doubles and 24 home runs. Boston has walked 52 times so far this season and they have struck out 187 times as a unit. They have left 129 men on base and have a team OPS of .731. They score 4.4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 88 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
New York has a 13-6 overall mark this year. During his MLB career, Happ has allowed 1,455 base knocks and he has 1,360 strikeouts in 1,538 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 671 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.313 and having a FIP of 4.2. He has a SO/W ratio of 2.41 and he has gone up against 6,539 batters so far in his pro baseball career. Happ (109-83 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a 3.93 ERA while allowing 8.5 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.64 and they have given up 56 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .184 against the Yankees bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 79 batters and walked 32 opposing hitters. As a team, New York allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.5 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 4.19. The Yankees pitchers as a team have surrendered 130 base knocks and 72 earned runs this season. They have given up 23 home runs this year, which ranks 18th in Major League Baseball. New York as a staff has walked 60 hitters and struck out 163 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 4.26.
As a team, they are batting .262, good for 3rd in the league. The Yankees hold a .472 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .351, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Gleyber Torres comes into this matchup batting .217 with an OBP of .319. He has 13 hits this year along with 5 RBI in 60 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .300 with an OPS+ of 74. DJ LeMahieu is hitting .429 this season and he has an OBP of .474. He has collected 30 hits in 70 at bats while driving in 8 runs. He has an OPS+ of 186 and a slugging percentage of .557. The Yankees as a unit have 157 base hits, including 28 doubles and 32 homers. New York has walked 72 times this year and they have struck out on 159 occasions. They have had 127 men left on base and have an OPS of .823. They have scored 5.47 runs per game and totaled 104 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Red Sox/Yankees MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees (-152)
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