Yankees at Red Sox Fantasy Betting Match Preview
Series between the Yankees and Red Sox are always hyped up, sometimes for no good reason. This four-game set starting August 2, however, could be the most important meeting of the two AL East rivals all season. Added to that, it is a matchup between a possible future Cy Young and a past winner of the coveted award.
- Luis Severino (14-4, 2.94 ERA) has been fantastic all season. But July has been a tough month for 24-year-old. His ERA has jumped nearly an entire run since July 7. Over his last three starts, the right-hander has allowed 14 runs in 14.1 innings. Not great.
- Rick Porcello (13-4, 4.03 ERA) may go down as one of the weakest Cy Young award winners of all time. He’s really what has been shown this season: a slightly above-average pitcher. The 29-year-old began the year on fire (2.23 ERA in April), but also struggled in July (5.74 ERA).
Better play: Severino
Porcello struggles at Fenway. Severino’s ability to strike a batter out almost on command gets him a leg up in this pitching match-up.
Who should start
- Ian Kinsler is getting snatched up in leagues everywhere. It has not been a great season for the former Angels second baseman, but he is a veteran that has been on a lot of winning teams. The pennant race could reinvigorate his bat.
- Gleyber Torres is healthy and looks to be a fixture in the Yankees lineup going forward. With Aaron Judge hurt, he could get a lot more RBI opportunities.
Who should sit
- Chris Sale is hurt right now, and will not pitch in this series. If you having him taking up a roster spot, move him to the DL and look for a bullpen arm to grab a few easy strikeouts. Focus on someone from the Orioles (Mychal Givens, Tanner Scott, Cody Carroll), who have recently traded away their entire relief staff.
- Sonny Gray’s chances in the Yankees rotation may be numbered at this point. The team traded for Lance Lynn in July, and while he may not be the most exciting option, he could be better than Gray, who was shelled by Baltimore in his last trip to the mound.
Yankees too win, The Red Sox are playing ridiculously well and especially at home. But Severino is a stud and should be due to bust out of whatever it is that has been ailing him.