MLB Sunday: Yankees and Red Sox in London

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees in London

Will Pitchers be Human Gas-Cans on Sunday?

For most of the 2010s, the New York Yankees have played second fiddle to the Boston Red Sox in the American League East, that is until now. The 53-28 Yankees are nine games ahead of the third-place Red Sox at 44-39. They are heading into the 2nd game of this weekend’s two-game series across the pond at London Stadium.

TV: 10:10 a.m. ET, ESPN; LINE: Yankees -120; O/U: 16 Over -115.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH Stephen Tarpley (0-0, 6.48 ERA) vs. Red Sox LH Eduardo Rodriguez (8-4, 4.87)

The first Major League Baseball game played in Europe provided a glimpse into the wacky and crazy things that happen between these two teams. The least of them is drawn-out affairs that seem to take forever to play. The Yankees survived the nearly five-hour marathon and hope to leave London with a two-game sweep Sunday morning.

The pitchers for both teams were like human gas-cans. Each team scored six times in the first inning. To top it off both teams used eight pitchers overall in New York’s 17-13 ass-kicking Saturday night (afternoon in the States) in a game that lasted four hours, 42 minutes. It was three minutes shy of the longest nine-inning contest in MLB history. You would know the record was set in 2006 by these two teams.

Newly minted All-Star, DJ LeMahieu had four of the Yankees’ 19 hits and drove in five runs. Rookie Michael Chavis provided a good portion of the offense for Boston with a pair of three-run homers. The teams hope for some innings out of their starters in Sunday’s edition. New York will be forced to go with Stephen Tarpley. The Red Sox fell 10 games behind the first-place Yankees on Saturday. They will counter with fellow left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.

This, That,and a London Dart Throw

Chad Green was expected to be the starter for this one but he was forced to toss two innings of relief after Masahiro Tanaka was chased in the first inning. It prompted the shift to Tarpley. He has made 10 relief appearances for the Yankees. The team optioned lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. following the game after he threw three innings. They will add Chance Adams to the roster Sunday to eat up some innings in relief. Adams is 1-0 with a 3.97 ERA in three games with New York this season. He made his only career start in the majors last year against the Red Sox. He allowed three runs in five innings of a loss at Fenway Park. 1B Luke Voit left Saturday’s game with an abdominal issue and is not expected to be in the lineup Sunday.

Rodriguez gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. He struck out four hitters, which was his second-lowest total of the season. He has allowed eight home runs in five June starts. His rough time was after serving up just three over his previous seven starts. He has yet to face the Yankees this year but owns a 3.89 ERA in 14 career appearances against “The Evil Empire”. Twelve of his appearances have been starts. SS Xander Bogaerts departed the 17-13 loss with a left calf strain. CF Jackie Bradley Jr. had four hits Saturday and is batting .306 in June after hitting .247 in May and .127 in April.

The Dart Throw: Yankees 12, Red Sox 9

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MLB in London Betting Odds Trends

New York Yankees
NY Yankees is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
NY Yankees is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games
NY Yankees is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games on the road
NY Yankees is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
NY Yankees is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees’s last 6 games when playing Boston
NY Yankees is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
NY Yankees is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
Boston Red Sox
Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Boston is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 7 games
Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston’s last 6 games when playing NY Yankees
Boston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Boston is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees

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