Game Two of the London Series has a lot to live up to, after a historic first game. After landing two winners yesterday, Ben Steele previews Sunday’s action…
“In a game that will be decided by fine margins the Red Sox decision to go with a recognised member of their rotation makes them good value to pick up the win.”
New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Sunday 15:10 BST
Slugfest set to continue
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees combined for 30 runs, 37 hits and six home runs last night and I expect to see more of the same today. Before the series began it was suggested that the dimensions of the London Stadium, the field is smaller than any MLB ballpark, would be conducive to a high scoring game and the two sides have not disappointed.
Yankees All-Star DJ LeMahieu and Red Sox rookie Michael Chavis scored 11 runs between them last night and neither is considered the cornerstone of their side’s offence. The Yankees have now hit a home run in an MLB record, 30 consecutive games and that ridiculous hot streak looks set to continue.
Meanwhile Red Sox hitters have scored 32 runs in their last four games. Don’t expect the game to be as high scoring as yesterday, but I still think we’ll see another offensive explosion.
Yankees pitching choice may give Red Sox the edge
The Yankees went to their bullpen early and often yesterday, using eight pitchers to earn the win, and this would usually mean that today they’d be looking for their starter to go deep in to the game. Surprisingly, manager Aaron Boone will be doing the exact opposite. Stephen Tarpley will be deployed as an “opener”, expected to pitch for the first couple of outs and then it will be back to the bullpen for the Yankees.
This tactic has paid dividends for teams across the league in the past, but with the Red Sox turning to their most consistent starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, the defending World Series champions may have a slight edge in the pitching battle.
Rodriguez will have a task on his hands to keep the Yankees offence quiet but he has a decent career ERA against New York (3.66 across 12 games) and will be hoping to split the series today. In a game that will be decided by fine margins the Red Sox decision to go with a recognised member of their rotation makes them good value to pick up the win.
Source: US Sports