Boston duels New York on Wednesday with the AL pennant on the line at Yankee Stadium and it's a battle of Japanese starters.
The Yankees will rely on Hiroki Kuroda to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Daisuke Matsuzaka will be his counterpart for the Red Sox. Hiroki Kuroda is 15-11 this season, and Daisuke Matsuzaka is 1-6.
If the Yankees win and the Orioles lose in Tampa, they will play the Wild Card game on Thursday. [ Bet the Yankees vs Red Sox and World Series future odds at 5Dimes ]
This game matches up the No. 1 (Yankees) and the No. 8 (Red Sox) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 2 ranked American League offense (4.9 runs per game) against a Red Sox defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the American League at 4.9 runs allowed per game. The Yankees have been averaging 9 hits per game, almost the same as the Red Sox have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).
Comparing defensive stats, Boston owns the American League's No. 9-rated road mark, allowing 4.6 runs per game on the highway. New York, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.
The Red Sox were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Yankees. That made winners of bettors who got New York at -180 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Boston lost in extra innings against the Yankees on Tuesday as New York edged them 4-3 at Yankee Stadium.
Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9
New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 6-4
A few Red Sox at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Boston is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Boston is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
NY Yankees are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees' last 7 games when playing Boston
NY Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing Boston
NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games