As we look to deliver you our Boston Red Sox VS New York Yankees spread pick and prediction, we will look to deliver a quick preview of the matchup before giving you CentSports prediction and free MLB sports pick. One of the biggest matchups of the MLB season takes place within the American League East between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. This story rivalry will continue on Friday August 14th, 2020 when the Boston Red Sox make the trip to Yankee Stadium to face off against the New York Yankees.
As you start to preview this series matchup on paper before the weekend, the New York Yankees currently sit atop the AL East with an 11-6 overall record while the Red Sox sit at the bottom of the division with a 6-11 overall record. For these two clubs it has been a complete opposite as the Yankees lead the division in runs scored (88) and rank tied for second within the division in runs allowed (71) meanwhile the Red Sox have scored the fourth fewest runs (72) within the division while allowing the most runs (86) within the division.
Despite the records and performances leading into this series, the excitement is high for the Yankees/Red Sox series starting this weekend. Here is an MLB preview of the Boston Red Sox VS New York Yankees on Friday August 14th, 2020:
Boston Red Sox Hitting – The Red Sox lineup has been very productive at times this season but the lack of Mookie Betts within the lineup has shown up at other times. Entering Wednesday August 12th, 2020, the Red Sox lineup has been powered by Mitch Moreland who leads the club in home runs (6), runs batted in (12) and batting average (.303) with at least 30 at bats. While Moreland has been hot at times, J.D. Martinez is hitting just .222 to start the season with only one home run in his first 63 at bats.
New York Yankees Hitting – Despite losing Giancarlo Stanton to the disabled list for the foreseeable future, the Yankees lineup is stacked with power led by MVP candidate Aaron Judge. Judge who is off to a hot start this year enters Wednesday with nine home runs and 20 runs batted in over his first 62 at bats. Along with Judge, the Yankees have been led by AL batting leader (.400) D.J. LeMahieu who has been on first to start the season picking up 24 hits over his first 60 at bats. In all the Yankees have Gio Urshela, Brett Gardner and Luke Voit who all have at least three home runs.
Matchup Advantage – New York Yankees Hitting
Nathan Eovaldi (1-1, 4.09 ERA), Boston Red Sox – The Red Sox veteran will be making his fifth start of the season on Friday Night against the Yankees. Entering this contest, the Red Sox starter has been solid for the club allowing three runs or fewer in three of his first four starts while striking out 24 batters of those starts. In 2019, Eovaldi pitched to a 2-0 earned run average against the Yankees in four outings while striking out 10 batters.
Gerrit Cole (3-0, 3.22 ERA), New York Yankees – The AL Cy Young front runner has not disappointed since joining the Yankees this off-season as he has three wins over his first four starts while the Yankees are 4-0 in his four starts. In his four starts this season, Cole has allowed 3, 1, 3 and 1 runs while posting a 3-0 record as well as his 3.22 earned run average. Entering this contest, the Cole has held the Red Sox current roster to a .244 batting average to go along with just seven runs over 82 total at bats.
Matchup Advantage – New York Yankees Pitching
CentSports Free MLB Sports Spread Pick & Prediction: New York Yankees
CentSports Opinion: Despite the concern of replacing Stanton in the middle of the lineup, the Yankees are still the better team on paper based on their success this season. In addition, the Yankees pitching has been more consistent including Cole who has three wins to open up the 2020 MLB season. Based on the matchup on paper the Yankees are the MLB sports pick in this matchup.