The biggest matchup in Major League Baseball gets started on Friday, July 31, 2020, when the Boston Red Sox (3-4) visit the New York Yankees (4-1). The Yankees (-300) are big favorites to win the American League East, while the Red Sox (+1800) are picked to finish in third place. This game will air live on MLB Network at 7:05 p.m. EST.
Boston has spent the past few days in New York and just finished getting a series split against the New York Mets. The Mets won game one 7-4 and game two 8-3, in Boston, but the series turned when it switched to New York. In Queens, the Red Sox won 6-5 and 4-2 to earn the four-game split.
The Yankees were supposed to play the Philadelphia Phillies this past week, but the games were postponed due to the Miami Marlins coronavirus outbreak. Instead, New York traveled to Baltimore and came away with two wins. The Yankees won game one 9-3 and game two 8-6.
New York leads the American League East by one game over the 4-3 Tampa Bay Rays. Boston is tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for third place.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Boston Red Sox (+175) at New York Yankees (-210)
Pitching Matchup: Ryan Weber (0-1, 14.73 ERA, 2.45 WHIP) vs Jordan Montgomery (first appearance this season)
It was an ugly first start of the season for Ryan Weber as he got lit up by the Baltimore Orioles and the Red Sox lost the game 7-4. Weber lasted just 3.2 innings and walked three, gave up six hits, and six earned runs during those few short innings. The righty has faced the Yankees three times in his career, but this will be his first start against the Red Sox fierce rivals.
Jordon Montgomery’s comeback from Tommy John surgery is officially over as the summer camp standout is set to make his season debut. The lefty did make two appearances last season, but this is his year to really show out. Montgomery has made three career starts against the Yankees and has a career 0-0 record with a 4.40 ERA.
History: These two rivals have met 2,260 times in the past and New York holds a 1,228-1,032 advantage. The Yankees won the 2019 season series 14-5.
MLB Predictions: I like the New York Yankees to get the win Friday night.
2020 Picks Record: 9-4