By Charles Jay
The Boston Red Sox currently lead the American league East, but the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees aren't far behind. The Yankees have managed to hold Boston to just one run in the last 25 innings, so the Red Sox have to give their bats a wake-up call on Sunday night, as these teams do battle at 8:05 PM ET at Fenway Park. This game will be televised nationwide on ESPN, and is the second half of the day-night doubleheader. BetDNA customers can place wagers on this game as it is happening, using the best live betting software on the planet.
People are talking about possible "fatigue" on the part of Aaron Judge, who is leading the American League in home runs, but has had just one hit in his last 14 trips to the plate. They are saying that maybe winning the Home Run Derby the night before the All-Star Game has worn him out just a bit, and have pointed to previous examples of that happening. That may or may not be the case, but we've had some low-scoring games in this series. On Saturday night, these teams were tied at 1-1 until the 16th inning, when the Yankees had three runs against a weakened Boston bullpen. And in Game 1 of the Sunday doubleheader, CC Sabathia was brilliant, allowing only two hits over six innings and letting the bullpen pick up the slack in a 3-0 Yankee victory. To this point, the bullpens have really gotten a workout, so it may be incumbent upon Sunday night's starting pitchers to go some innings.
We wonder who was a better proposition to do so. Masahiro Tanaka, the Japanese import who has really struggled this season, will get the start for the Yankees. He has a 5.47 ERA and has given up 2.03 homers per nine innings, including two of them against Milwaukee in his last start. When he last faced the Red Sox, on June 6, he gave up three round-trippers in five innings.
David Price, a former Cy Young Award winner, got off to a rough start, and was not finding the strike zone, allowing 14 walks in his first 28 innings. That is very uncharacteristic of him, but he has settled down since, yielding only five bases on balls in his last 25 innings. He was ripped by the Yankees last time out, giving up six runs in five innings, and that is not all that unusual for him, as he has compiled only an 8.46 ERA in his last five starts against the boys in pinstripes.
In the MLB Betting odds at BetDNA, home of the best live betting software on the planet, the Red Sox are -136 favorites, with a total of nine runs.
So can the Red Sox wake up offensively, and get some runs on the board against the gopher ball-prone Tanaka? Well, they are putting some interesting and unorthodox methods to work, namely "nap stations" at Fenway Park in which the players can actually catch some sleep before or even during games. According to their athletic trainer, Brad Pearson, "We think we can win the sleep game." Let's see if that has any beneficial effect, as this team plays twice in a day.
As for their starting pitcher, Price has been vulnerable against several Yankee hitters, including DiDi Gregorius (.500 lifetime average), Jacoby Ellsbury (.366) and Gary Sanchez, who has blasted the Vanderbilt grad with four home runs in seven career at-bats.
It would be hard for us to believe that these bullpens are going to be very strong on Sunday night, and consequently we are going "over" the total of nine runs, as listed at BetDNA, which allows for multiple deposit options, including your major credit card, person-to-person transfers (like Western Union), the UPayCard or the virtual currency of Bitcoin, where you can get paid within 24 hours of your withdrawal request, more often than not. Remember that they have the best live betting software on the planet, so even if you miss the opening pitch, you can stay very much in the action all night long!