August 7, 2011 – By Scott
Heading into the weekend series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees a lot was riding on this three game set. The top two teams in the American League were tied for first in the AL East and after the series one of these two teams would enter next week as the leader in the division.
On Friday, the Yankees got the win and held sole possession of first place. But this would not last long as the Red Sox would continue their dominance against the Yankees’ CC Sabathia and got back into a tie for first with their 10-4 win. And tonight, these two will wrap up their weekend series on Sunday Night Baseball with the winner claiming sole possession of first place.
Thins really look good for the Red Sox in Sunday night’s game as they will send Josh Beckett (9-4, 2.20 ERA) to the mound who has been dominant against the Yankees recently. Beckett is 3-0 against the Yankees and has basically silenced their bats. In 21 innings of work, Beckett has allowed only 2 runs on 10 hits while striking out 25. In his only outing with New York at Fenway this year, he allowed just two hits in the Red Sox 4-0 win.
But recently, Beckett hasn’t been as effective and in his last two starts is 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA. But Yankees skipper Joe Girardi realizes how effective Beckett can be and why he has had success against his club.
“I think probably the biggest thing is he’s healthy,” Girardi told his team’s official website. “His velocity is back. I think his curveball has been outstanding.”
The Yankees will send Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.22 ERA) to the mound who will be looking for his fourth consecutive win at Fenway. But Garcia has not found success against the Red Sox recently and has lost both starts against Boston this year allowing nine runs in seven innings of work. However, he has been pitching well recently winning his last three starts with an ERA of 2.21 during this span.
MLB sportsbooks feel the Red Sox will get the win on Sunday night and have them favored with a moneyline set at -162. The Yankees have their line set at +147. The game can be seen live on ESPN at 8:00 pm ET.