What else do the Boston Red Sox have to do to earn some respect?
Despite winning their first two meetings with the Yankees by a combined score of 12-5, the Red Sox are set as +125 underdogs against the Yankees in tonight’s edition of Sunday Night Baseball.
Boston has been one of the biggest surprises in the American League this season. They boast an impressive record of 35-23, good for the second-best record in AL East, just one game back from the American League leading Tampa Bay Rays.
New York, on the other hand, continues to be one of the most overrated teams in baseball. After entering the MLB season with the second best odds to win the World Series, the Yankees are off to more than just a slow start this season. They have a winning record at 31-28, but they sit fourth in the AL East behind the Rays, Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays.
While many people thought it would be the Yankees pitching that could potentially let them down this season, it’s actually been their offense that has been almost non-existent. The Yankees are 28th in Major League Baseball in runs scored per game, averaging a measly 3.69 runs. The Mets and the Pirates are the only teams in the Majors with colder bats.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox offense ranks near the top in this category, averaging 4.97 runs per game.
Garrett Richards gets the start for the Sox tonight. The right-handed pitcher has been hot lately, going 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA though his last seven starts. He’ll have to face some demons tonight, as he’s 0-4 with a 7.43 ERA in his career at Yankee Stadium.
He’ll be facing Domingo German for the Yankees, who has also sported a solid 2.40 ERA through his previous five starts.
The Yankees can thank their pitching, specifically their bullpen, for managing to hold on to a winning record despite struggling on offense. New York boasts the third lowest bullpen ERA in the Majors at 2.93.
It’s hard to pass up on the Red Sox as +125 underdogs tonight, as they try to complete the three-game series sweep against the Yankees, who are set as -150 favorites to turn things around.