Big Al's Daily Angle: MLB Preview and Odds - 10/05/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Tuesday sports card features the American League wildcard playoff game in Major League Baseball. 

The New York Yankees visit the Boston Red Sox on ESPN at 8:08 PM ET in this single-elimination playoff game. Both teams clinched their wildcard spots by winning games on Sunday.

The Yankees got a one-out base hit by Aaron Judge in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Tampa Bay, 1-0. The victory raised their record to 92-70 for the regular season. New York averages 4.4 runs per game with a .237 batting average, a .317 on-base percentage, and an OPS of 723. Judge his hitting .287 with a team-high 39 home runs and 98 runs batted in. Giancarlo Stanton has a .273 batting average with 35 home runs and 97 RBIs. Gleybar Torres has added nine homers and 51 RBIs to go along with his .259 batting average. 

Manager Aaron Boone tapped Gerrit Cole as his starting pitcher for this game. The right-hander gave up five earned runs in six innings of work in his last start at Toronto last Wednesday. Cole has a 16-8 record, with a 3.23 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in 30 starts. The Yankees' bullpen has a 3.50 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. 

D.J. LeMahieu was placed on the disabled list over the weekend due to a hernia. He was hitting .268 with ten home runs and 57 RBIs. 

The Red Sox got a two-run homer from Rafael Devers in the top of the ninth inning to break a 5-5 deadlock at Washington to defeat the Nationals, 7-5, on Sunday. The win kept Boston on pace with the Yankees for second place in the AL East with their 92-70 record. They average 5.1 runs per game with a .261 batting average, .324 on-base percentage, and an OPS of .773. Devers leads the team with 38 home runs and 113 RBIs to accompany his .279 batting average. Hunter Renfroe has 31 homers, 96 RBIs, and a .259 batting average. Xander Bogaerts is hitting .295 with 23 home runs and 79 RBIs. 

Nathan Eovaldi is the starting pitcher for manager Alex Cora. The right-hander pitched six shutout innings at Baltimore in his last start on Wednesday. Eovaldi has an 11-9 record with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. The Red Sox bullpen has a 4.00 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP this season. 

Cora may be without outfielder J.D. Martinez who injured his ankle on Sunday. He is hitting .286 with 26 homers and 99 RBIs.

Boston won ten of the 19 regular-season meetings between these two teams. The Red Sox won the opening seven games against the Yankees before New York won the last six contests, including a three-game sweep last month that concluded with a 6-3 victory in Fenway Park on September 26th. 

DraftKings lists the Yankees as a -125 money line road favorite with the total of 8.5. The winner of this game plays at Tampa Bay on Thursday in the opener of the best-of-five American League Division Series. 

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