Saturday afternoon baseball and we will see the Boston Red Sox take on the New York Yankees in game 2 of their 3 game series from New York. The game is scheduled for a 4:05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on Fox . Currently the odds have New York favored at -200, while Boston is dogs of +170. The total for the game sits at 9 runs.
Free Analysis: The gulf between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is as wide as it's been in years, evidenced by the 11 1/2 games separating the first- and last-place teams in the American League East. In any other year, Saturday's matchup between ace left-handers CC Sabathia of the Yankees and Boston's Jon Lester would be among the more highly anticipated duels. But Lester, like his team, has been in a deep funk and has not looked capable of reversing New York's dominance this year. Lester (5-8, 5.46 ERA) has allowed 22 runs, 25 hits, five homers and 10 walks while losing three consecutive starts. He gave up career-high 11 runs, four homers and five walks in four innings of a 15-7 loss to Toronto on Sunday. Though Lester has not won since June 27, his Boston teammates are doing all they can to support the left-hander during a rough stretch that began with a 7-3 loss to New York on July 8 in which he allowed five runs in 4 1-3 innings. "Basically just telling him that we have his back," Pedroia said. Lester was 6-1 with a 2.67 ERA in nine starts in the Bronx before he was roughed up for eight runs in 2 2-3 innings of a 9-1 loss there Sept. 24. After New York (60-39) batted .319 and totaled 49 runs to win five of the first six against Boston this season - all at Fenway - the Yankees rolled to a 10-3 home win over the Red Sox on Friday. Curtis Granderson had three hits, including a grand slam, and Ichiro Suzuki went 1 for 4 with two runs scored in his home debut for New York, which is off to its best start versus Boston since opening 6-0 in 1994. CC Sabathia will be making his third start since coming off the disabled list due to a groin strain. He pitched six scoreless innings against Toronto on July 17 and gave up three runs in seven innings at Oakland on Sunday, only to see the bullpen blow the lead. The burly lefty is 7-9 with a 4.14 ERA in 20 career starts against Boston, including a 1-4 mark in five starts last year. The Yankees have hit 19 homers and outscored the Red Sox 59-35 this season. New York became the first team in the majors to win 60 games. It marked the third time in four seasons the Yankees won 60 games by the 100-game mark.
Free Pick: Let's look to the Yanks -1.5 (+115) here. John Lester has pitched well on the road this year with a 3.04 ERA, but he does come in with a 15.32 ERA in his last 3 starts overall, a 6.00 ERA on the road and a 9.20 ERA in his last 3 starts in this park. CC Sabbathia has had some problems with the Sox, but he will not be facing Ortiz and Gonzales is struggling, so he should have a good showing in this one. CC is 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA at home and those 5 wins have all been by 2 runs or more. The Yankee offense had some struggles on their recent trip, but they came home last night and put up 10 runs and they should get big runs again today in a place where they average 4.94 rpg. Look for an easy Yanks win here.
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