Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Prediction, 8/18/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Location: Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-135) New York (+110)
Nick Pivetta and the Boston Red Sox (69-51, 2nd in AL East) head to Yankee Stadium on Wednesday where they'll meet the New York Yankees (66-52, 3rd in AL East). The Yankees open this matchup at +110 while the Red Sox are coming in at -135. The over/under has been set at 10. The starting pitchers will be Nick Pivetta and Andrew Heaney.
The Red Sox have tallied 253 doubles as a team and have smacked 153 balls out of the park. Boston has a slugging percentage of .444 and have struck out 1,027 times, while drawing a walk on 358 occasions. As a squad, the Boston Red Sox are notching 5.1 runs per outing, which puts them at 6th in the league. They have amassed 572 runs batted in and 1,055 hits so far this year, while their batting average is .260. They have 606 runs while having a team OBP of .325.
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The Red Sox have an earned run average of 4.28 on the campaign (15th in MLB), and they have struck out 1,125 hitters. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.79 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.38. Red Sox pitchers have conceded 129 long balls in addition to 547 total runs (17th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 403 opposing players and their FIP is 3.95 as a team on the campaign.
The Red Sox have dispatched 396 relievers to the mound so far this season. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 189 runners this season with 31.2% of those runners crossed home plate. They have tallied 37 saves so far this year and have not converted 17 out of their 54 chances to get a save. The Red Sox relief pitchers have earned a save rate of 68.5% and has entered the game in 128 save situations. The relief pitchers have racked up 70 holds so far this year (4th in MLB). Red Sox relief pitchers have entered the game with runners on 121 times and also have had 129 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Boston Red Sox have earned a total of 3,145 putouts over the course of the season, in addition to 1,053 assists and 79 errors. Their fielding rate is currently at .982 which has them sitting 28th in the majors, and they have turned 841 double plays. The Red Sox have turned 65.8% of baseballs in play into outs in their 9,435 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 30th in MLB.
Pivetta (30-35 win-loss record in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 4.51 and he has gone up against 2,292 hitters in the major leagues. He has given up 531 base hits (9.0 hits per 9 innings) and has 205 walks. His ERA is 5.12 (302 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.387. Pivetta has thrown 530 innings and has racked up 573 strikeouts so far in his pro baseball career.
The New York Yankees hold a team OBP of .326 as well as a batting average of .237 this year. They have been rung up on 1,090 occasions (8th in MLB) and have tallied 920 hits. New York has a total of 147 home runs this year as well as 464 RBIs. The Yankees hold a team slugging percentage of .396 and they have an average of 4.25 runs per contest (20th in the league). They have put up 160 doubles, while taking a walk 482 times and scoring 501 runs.
The Yankees hold a team WHIP of 1.179 and have a FIP of 3.82 as a squad so far this year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 3.21 (1,124 strikeouts vs 350 free passes). They are sitting at 7th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 884. They have given up 134 home runs and they concede 4.13 runs per 9 innings (8th in MLB). The New York pitching staff have conceded 481 runs on the season and come in with a team ERA of 3.69 (429 earned runs conceded).
New York relief pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 30.1% out of their 146 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 160 times in high leverage situations and on 113 occasions with runners on. Sitting with 120 save situations, the Yankees have recorded 62 holds in addition to 20 blown saves. They are ranked 10th in the league with a save percentage of 63.6%, and they have dispatched 365 relief pitchers onto the field for the season. New York has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 55 save chances and they have walked away with 35 saves.
In 9,423 innings on the field, the Yankees have earned a defensive efficiency of 70.4% (7th in the majors). The New York Yankees have turned 90 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .983 (24th in professional baseball). The Yankees have accrued 985 assists, 72 errors and have notched a total of 3,141 putouts on the campaign.
In his pro baseball career, Heaney has conceded 599 base hits while earning 631 punch outs in 613 innings pitched. Heaney (31-37 career record) is the owner of a 4.68 earned run average and has conceded 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed a total of 319 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.261 and a FIP of 4.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.61 and he has faced 2,595 opposing batters during his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston (-135)
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