MLB Tips: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
The Yankees are still fighting with the Baltimore Orioles for the AL East title, and a sweep of the Red Sox would do it. David Phelps (4-4, 3.34 ERA) starts with the ball tonight and his last two appearances have been out of the bullpen. His last start was a no decision on September 19 against the Toronto Blue Jays, where he conceded just one run over 6.1 innings. He takes on Boston’s Jon Lester (9-14, 4.94 ERA) tonight. Lester has lost his last three starts, conceding ten runs over 20 innings. New York’s offense is far superior to Boston’s so I would side with the pinstripes tonight.
Atlanta Braves @ Pittsburgh Pirates
The Atlanta Braves have clinched a playoff spot, but last night’s defeat ruled them out of the NL East title race, crowning the Washington Nationals division champions. I don’t expect the Braves to take their foot off the gas this evening – as I’m sure they would like to build some momentum heading into the playoffs. Tommy Hanson (13-9, 4.38 ERA) starts for Atlanta tonight. He won his last start, conceding just one earned run. In comparison, his opponent, Kevin Correia (11-11, 4.33 ERA) has lost his last two starts, conceding nine earned runs over 10.1 innings. I don’t expect his fortune to change yet and I don’t fancy the Pirates to turn it round. Back the Braves.
NY Mets @ Miami Marlins
This NL East division matchup sees the second to last-placed Mets travel to Miami to take on basement club, the Marlins. Knuckleballer R.A Dickey (20-6, 2.69 ERA) got his 20th win of the season in his last start against Miami. Jacob Turner (2-5, 4.94) has lost his last two starts, conceding five earned runs over 11 innings. I expect the Mets to overcome Turner and win tonight.
Back New York Yankees @ -250
Back Atlanta Braves @ -181
Back New York Mets @ -135
Read our report on Oakland completing a four game sweep on the Yankees here
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