A staple of Sunday Night Baseball is back on Sunday, August 16, 2020, when the Boston Red Sox (6-15) take on the New York Yankees (14-6) in game three of a four game series. The New York Yankees currently sit in first place in the AL East, two games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles, while the Boston Red Sox are in last place and 8.5 games back of the Yankees. This game will air live on ESPN at 7:00 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. Game two was similar result for New York as they went ahead in the bottom of the fourth inning and cruised to an 11-5 victory. Clint Frazier led the way for New York thanks to a 3-3 night at the plate with one home run, five RBI’s, one run, and one walk. James Paxton got the win for New York Saturday night.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. All odds are from PointsBet Sportsbook.
Game Odds: Boston Red Sox (+136) at New York Yankees (-156)
Pitching Matchup: Chris Mazza (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3K) vs J.A. Happ (0-1, 10.29 ERA, 3K)
Chris Mazza gets set for his first career MLB start and it will be a tough one as this Yankees offense has been firing on all cylinders this season. Mazza has one relief appearance in 2020 and he held the Yankees to one hit, and no runs, in 2.2 innings of work. The 30-year-old just made his MLB debut last season, so Red Sox fans will hope the late bloomer can slow down their AL East rivals Sunday night.
J.A. Happ has struggled so far in 2020 and will finally return to the mound after being skipped in the rotation last time around. Happ has started two games this season and did not pitch into the fifth inning of either of those starts. The veteran started the season with a four inning, four hit, four earned run outing against the Baltimore Orioles, and then put in three innings of work and gave up three hits and four earned runs to the Philadelphia Phillies. It has been a struggle for the 37-year-old so far in 2020.
History: The New York Yankees lead the all-time series 1,233-1,032 and have won all five games the two teams have played in 2020.
Free MLB Picks: There should be a lot of runs scored Sunday night and I like the New York Yankees to outscore the Boston Red Sox.
2020 Picks Record: 27-14