Saturday MLB FS1 Afternoon Preview: New York Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox.
The Boston Red Sox host the New York Yankees on FS1 at 4:05 PM ET. Boston won the first two games of this series after their 6-2 victory last night. For the second straight night, the Red Sox spotted the Yankees the early lead. Rafael Devers gave Boston the lead with a two-run homer in the fifth inning against Gerrit Cole. Devers then blasted a three-run homer in the seventh inning to extend the Red Sox lead. Yacksel Rios got the win out of the Boston bullpen.
The Red Sox have won four straight games to improve their record to 60-38. They are one game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the American League East. Boston has trailed in 31 of their 60 victories. They have won nine of their 11 games against the Yankees this season.
Manager Alex Cora’s team averages 5.1 runs per game, with a .258 batting average, .317 On-Base Percentage, and an OPS of .761. Xander Bogaerts leads the team with a .312 batting average. He has added 15 home runs and 52 RBIs. Rafael Devers leads the BoSox with 26 homers and 79 RBIs. He is hitting .280. J.D. Martinez is hitting .302 with 20 home runs and 64 RBIs.
Nathan Eovaldi takes the ball for Boston this afternoon. The right-hander has a 9-5 record with a 3.57 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 19 starts. He pitched last Saturday in Yankee Stadium against New York when he allowed one run and two hits in 5 innings of work. The Red Sox bullpen has a 3.62 ERA and a 1.375 WHIP. The pen has collected 31 saves but blown 13 save opportunities.
Last night’s loss lowered the Yankees record to 50-46 on the season. The Bronx Bombers remain in third place in the American League East, nine games behind the Red Sox.
New York scores 4.2 runs per game with a .234 batting average, .319 on-base percentage, and an OPS of .714. Aaron Judge leads the team with a .282 batting average, 21 home runs, and 47 runs batted in. Giancarlo Stanton has a .261 batting average, 16 home runs, and 46 RBIs. D.J. LeMahieu has a .266 batting average, seven homers, and 37 RBIs.
Manager Aaron Boone turns to Jameson Taillon in his starting rotation. The right-hander comes off 5 1/3 scoreless innings at home against the Red Sox last Sunday night. Taillon has a 5-4 record with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 18 starts. He is supported by a bullpen that has a 3.64 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP. The New York pen has collected 22 saves with 11 blown opportunities.
The Yankees are still undermanned from the COVID outbreak that impacted six players last week. Hitters Aaron Judge, Kyle Higashioka, and Gio Urshela, and pitcher Wandy Peralta remain quarantine. Relievers Nestor Cortes and Jonathan Loaisiga were activated yesterday. First baseman Luke Voigt is still on the disabled list from the knee injury he suffered last week.
DraftKings lists Boston as a -180 money line favorite, with the total set at 9.