The oldest and best rivalry in baseball leaves the states and comes to London. Ben Steele previews Saturday’s inaugural London Series match between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox…
“The AL East leaders are tied for the best record in the American League and have won nine of their last 10 games including an impressive series win over the Houston Astros.”
New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Saturday 18:10 BST
Explosive offences key to the game
Boston and New York are two cities with a storied sporting rivalry and games between the Red Sox and Yankees often bring fireworks. The two sides are almost a mirror image of each other, with big-hitting, game-changing players throughout the lineup and as a result both sides boast offences that are amongst the best in the league in a number of key offensive categories.
The newly acquired Edwin Encarnacion has added even more firepower to a Yankees outfit who sit atop the AL East Division and will be well represented at the All-Star Game in a couple of weeks. With Encarnacion joined by consistent hitters like Gary Sanchez, JD Martinez and, reigning AL MVP, Mookie Betts I expect a couple of London fans to go home with a souvenir, home run baseball.
Streaking Yankees will expect to win
Yankees manager Aaron Boone will be looking for his side to continue the exceptional form that they’ve been in over recent weeks. The AL East leaders are tied for the best record in the American League and have won nine of their last 10 games including an impressive series win over the Houston Astros and with that saw Saturday’s starter, Masahiro Tanaka, control a solid Houston side.
Tanaka (5-5) has been inconsistent this season but the 30-year-old averages 12 wins a season in the MLB and will expect to close out the season in good form. Look for Tanaka and the Yankees to earn the win in an entertaining game.
Source: US Sports