A classic American League East rivalry continues Saturday, August 15, 2020, when the Boston Red Sox (6-14) take on the New York Yankees (13-6) in game two of a four game series. The New York Yankees currently sit in first place in the AL East, two games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles, while the Boston Red Sox are in last place and 7.5 games back of the Yankees. This game will air live on FOX at 7:07 p.m. EST.
The New York Yankees gave Gerrit Cole plenty of run support as they won 10-3 and Cole posted his 20th straight regular season win. New York went up 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning and never trailed as Cole pitched seven innings of four hit, one run baseball. Gleyber Torres was a monster at the plate as the shortstop went 4-4 with two runs and two RBIs. This could be an ugly series for Boston.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. All odds are from BetMGM Indiana.
Game Odds: Boston Red Sox (+175) at New York Yankees (-200) Total: O9 (-121) U9 (+100)
Pitching Matchup: Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 4.09 ERA, 24K) vs James Paxton (0-1, 7.84 ERA, 16K)
Nathan Eovaldi has gotten increasingly worse this season as the veteran have up one run in his opening start, two in his second, four in his third and four in his fourth start of 2020. Eovaldi has struggled in August as he first gave up six hits and four earned runs in five innings of work against Tampa Bay and then gave up six hits and three earned runs in six innings of work against the Toronto Blue Jays. The 30-year-old lost the Tampa Bay game and received a no-decision against the Blue Jays.
Hames Paxton has been very poor to start the 2020 season but may have turned a corner in his more recent start. Paxton lasted just one inning in his season debut and gave up five hits and three earned runs to the Washington Nationals. The lefty struggled again in his second start as he gave up seven hits and five runs (three earned) in three innings of work against the Boston Red Sox. Paxton finally put together a good start when he lasted 6.1 innings and gave up four hits and three earned runs to the Tampa Bay Rays. The 31-year-old lowered his ERA from 13.50 to 7.84 thanks to his start against Tampa.
History: The New York Yankees lead the all-time series 1,232-1,032 and have won all four games they two teams have played in 2020.
Free MLB Picks: There will be a lot of runs scored in this one and I like the New York Yankees to win the slugfest.
2020 Picks Record: 26-14