The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will continue their American League Division Series with game three on Monday night. The series is tied at 1-1, and will now shift to Yankee Stadium in New York for games three and four. This is the first playoff series between these two rivals since the 2004 ALCS.
The Boston Red Sox got off to a nice start in this series, beating the New York Yankees, 5-4 in the series opener. The Yankees responded in a big way in game two, beating the Boston Red Sox, 6-2, to even the best of five series. The New York Yankees are -167 over the Boston Red Sox in game three of the series.
Yankees Playing Long Ball
The New York Yankees have already hit six home runs so far in their first three playoff games. Outfielder Aaron Judge has managed to hit a home run in all three Yankees playoff games during this postseason run. In game two of the series, Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit two long home runs to help New York even the series. New York should continue to hit the ball out of the park back in Yankee Stadium.
Yankees ace, Luis Severino, will be on the mound for them in game three. Severino went 19-8 with a 3.39 earned run average during the regular season. The hard-throwing right-hander started for the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game, giving up just two hits in four innings, but did walk four batters. He will face a tough Boston Red Sox lineup in this game.
Eovaldi Starting For Boston
Red Sox manager Alex Cora has decided to start Nathan Eovaldi over Rick Porcello in game three of the series. Eovaldi was traded to the Red Sox from the Tampa Bay Rays in July, and was inconsistent during his time in Boston. The veteran right-hander went 6-7 with a 3.81 earned run average through 22 overall starts. Eovaldi will need to keep the Yankees sluggers in the ballpark to give the Red Sox a chance.
The Boston Red Sox need to find more offense if they are going to beat the Yankees. Designated hitter J.D. Martinez is 3-8 with a three run home run in this series, but the Red Sox are hitting just .213 as a team. American League MVP candidate Mookie Betts has just one hit, a double, through the first two games of this series.
Yankees Win, Take 2-1 Lead
The Boston Red Sox have a struggling pitching staff and it has hurt them in this series. Boston needs Eovaldi to go deep in this game to save the bullpen, and give the Red Sox offense a chance to win the game. Boston has now lost home field advantage to the Yankees in this series.
The New York Yankees have pounded the baseball all season long, and they haven’t slowed down in the playoffs. The Yankees have a deep lineup, and have the advantage of having their ace on the mound for this game. Look for the Yankees to stay hot and take a 2-1 series lead. Bet the New York Yankees -167 over the Boston Red Sox.