Boston Red Sox
The Red Sox moved to 58-47 with an impressive 10-5 win over New York last time out. Right Fielder Mookie Betts stole the show, leading the way with 4 hits and 5 RBI. Xander Bogaerts has been their offensive engine all season, going for a team leading 23 home runs to go along with 80 RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez will pitch here, going 12-4 with a 4.10 ERA through 123 innings.
New York Yankees
Despite yesterday’s loss, the Yankees still sit pretty at 66-37. 2nd Baseman DJ LeMahieu continues to anchor the offence, leading the clubhouse with 71 RBI. Big hitting from Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres has also been invaluable, both reaching 20 home runs this campaign. C.C. Sabathia will pitch here, going a disappointing 5-5 with a 4.50 ERA so far.
Prediction: Red Sox $1.67
The Red Sox have been improving rapidly of late and are looking like a strong bet to make the playoffs. Rodriguez has been excellent all season, while Sabathia has faded of late in what looks like another mismatch. Assuming the Red Sox offence shows up at home, I’m expecting another win here at solid odds of $1.67.
The Mariners have won the first two games of this series, moving to 44-63 in the process. Left Fielder Domingo Santana has been an offensive anchor all season, playing in 100 games and getting a clubhouse leading 65 RBI. Slugger Daniel Vogelbach has also really come on of late, leading the squad with 25 home runs. Marco Gonzales will pitch in this one, going 11-8 with a 4.37 ERA through 127 innings so far.
The Tigers continue their absolutely miserable season, now sitting at just 30-69. They’ve been in particularly atrocious form of late, winning just 1 of their last 11 contests. The offence has been the major problem all season, with the 13 home runs and 39 RBI of Brandon Dixon both leading the squad. Tyler Alexander will pitch in this one, allowing an ERA of 2.25 through a limited sample of 12 innings so far.
Prediction: Mariners $1.67
While they’re no great side, the Mariners are still clearly the more talented of the two teams here. Gonzales has been quite consistent all season and I don’t see how this anaemic Tigers offence challenges him here. Alexander has shown promise in his limited sample, but I think the solid Mariners offence exposes him in this one en route to victory.