The New York Yankees and their fans can take extra-special delight in the struggles of the rival Boston Red Sox. After winning the opener of a three-game series on Friday, the Yankees have taken seven of 10 against the Red Sox in 2012, bashing their way to 28 home runs in the process. New York can spend the rest of the weekend making sure Boston’s playoff hopes are as slim as possible.
The Red Sox are 6 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot and, at four games below .500, 13 1/2 games south of the first-place Yankees in the American League East. New York hit five home runs in Friday’s 6-4 triumph and lead the majors with 186 blasts – 24 more than the next-closest team. Boston has a prodigious offense as well but can not match the Yankees on the mound. Clay Buchholz is the only reliable arm in the rotation at the moment and he will miss the series in the Bronx after accounting for Boston’s lone win in its last five games on Thursday.
Red Sox Yankees Betting
When: 4:05 PM ET, Saturday, August 18, 2012
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX
PITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox LH Jon Lester (6-10, 5.20 ERA) vs. Yankees RH David Phelps (3-3, 2.53)
Lester has been one of the biggest disappointments for Boston but is coming off an encouraging turn last Sunday, when he limited the Cleveland Indians to one run while striking out 12 in six innings. That win snapped a seven-start winless streak. The left-hander was knocked around for nine runs (eight) earned) over 10 1/3 innings in two starts against the Yankees last month. Lester surrendered a pair of homers at Yankee Stadium on July 28.
Phelps is attempting to fill the rather large gap left by CC Sabathia (elbow) and was strong in his return to the rotation on Monday, allowing two runs and six hits in five innings to earn a win over the Texas Rangers. The 25-year old made a pair of relief appearances against Boston earlier this season, surrendering a total of three runs on seven hits in six innings.
1. New York 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist inflammation) missed Friday’s contest and could get more time off. The slugger had a cortisone shot in the bothersome wrist earlier this month.
2. Yankees SS Derek Jeter has hit in 13 straight games.
3. Boston DH David Ortiz (Achilles) took batting practice on Friday but will not play in the series. The Red Sox are 12-18 without Ortiz.