New York Yankees (100-62) vs Boston Red Sox (108-54)
Major League Baseball, Friday, October 5, 2018, at 7:32 pm (Fenway Park)
Line and Odds: Red Sox -181/ Yankees +163 Over and Under 7.5
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The second AL series in the divisional playoff round gets underway as the New York Yankees travel to Boston to meet the Red Sox.
This will be the first time these division rivals will meet since 2004. That was the year the Red Sox finally got rid of the curse of the Bambino. They would move on and sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the world series which they haven’t won in 86 years. These two teams have had a checkered past. The fans base from each team hates the other. This is what baseball fans want a classic showdown with two teams that have a big part of the history of the MLB.
The Yankees finished second in the AL East behind the Red Sox. They finished 8 games behind them. They would be the first wild-card team in the AL and would host the Oakland Athletics. They defeated the A’s 7-2. More than 58% of the Red Sox fans would have rather had them play the A’s. Unfortunately, that will not happen the reason the fans are worried is that the Yankees have had a great past against the Red Sox.
The two starting pitchers for game 1 is Chris Sale for the Red Sox and J.A Happ for the Yankees. Chris Sale pitched well against the Yankees this year he only allowed 1 run over 13 innings striking out 17. J.A. Happ won both of his starts against the Red Sox this season. The problem with both of teams is the bullpen. Both have great closers in Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. The Yanks and Red Sox will have to try and find the bridge to get to these two.
Except for a roller coaster of emotion. Game 1 is Friday. Most baseball fans that like these two teams this is what they wanted. Many believe that even if fans don’t like these two teams hoped the Yanks and Red Sox would meet in the division round. The substantial difference this time around is this is not the Yanks and Red Sox of the past. Both have young stars that have brought their teams to this point. Look for these stars to play a crucial role in this series.
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The stars for the Yanks are Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. For the Red Sox Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. Now, these are not the only stars that have helped the Red Sox and Yankees this year. Look for these guys to start the next chapter in this great rivalry. This year the Red Sox went 10-9 against the Yankees they were better at home where they went 7-3 and only 3-6 at Yankee Stadium. The best news for the Red Sox is that the elimination game will be at Fenway.
Well, the bad blood comes up again. There have been plenty of fights and disagreements between these teams. Look for that to not play a factor in the series because there is so much on the line. These two teams know each other because of their 19 games this season. Will this series go all seven? I say yes it will. Both teams will hit well the Yanks set the single-season record for home runs this year. Pitching will be the question and it will come down to who pitches better.
My Pick: Red Sox -181