New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox – 5/1/15 MLB Fantasy Sports, Baseball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The bitter rivals take the diamond on Friday May 1st on MLB Network as the Boston Red Sox will play host to the New York Yankees at 7PM Eastern Time.
Many pundits were down on the New York Yankees entering the season. They were not sold on the Yankees hitting lineup and after a down 2014 season there was very little off season activity by the team. With the Cubs, White Sox, Padres and Dodgers stealing the headlines during the winter meetings with major moves many Yankee fans were disappointed by the lack of moves for a team that played below expectations a season ago.
Through the first 22 games of the 2015 campaign the Yankees sit at 13-9 and has a one game lead over both the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox who sit in second play with a mark of 12-10. The AL East teams have beat up on one another as you look at the teams records you see most about one game over or one game under .500 against AL East opponents. Boston has made moves to the offensive side of the lineup and it has led to more run productions as the club sits fourth in Major League Baseball at 5.14 runs per game to the delight of MLB Fantasy draft managers. The big issue for the Red Sox has been a lack luster pitching staff that ranks 30th and last in all of baseball with a team ERA of 5.04. So far the Red Sox have commented that they are not looking at making moves for a starting pitcher.
New York Yankees Center Fielder: Jacoby Ellsbury the former Red Sox has led the Yankees in hitting in 2015 with a batting average of .321. He has only three extra base hits and three RBI’s. Ellsbury is hot right now as he is 6 of his last 10 as he has back to back three hit games.
New York Yankees Left Fielder: Brett Gardner is hitting .311 on the year with a home run and 7 RBI’s. He has a hit in his past three starts. Gardner is a career .266 hitter.
New York Yankees Catcher: Brian McCann is hitting .266 on the year with two home runs and 12 RBI’s. He is 4 of 11 with a home run against Boston this season.
New York Yankees DH: After a hot start New York DH Alex Gonzalez has cooled down and is now hitting.232 with five homers and 13 RBI’s. Gonzalez is 2 of 17 in his past four games.
New York Yankees Pitcher: C.C. Sabathia It has been a horrid start for veteran starter C.C. Sabathia who has a mark of 0-4 in four starts with an ERA of 5.96. His last start on April 25th C.C. gave up three homers in defeat to the Orioles.
Boston Red Sox 3B: Pablo Sandoval acquired from San Francisco and surrounded by good hitters is batting .312 for the Red Sox with two homers and eleven RBI’s. Big Panda is 7 of his past 13.
Boston Red Sox LF: Hanley Ramirez is hitting .293 season to date with 10 home runs and 22 RBI’s. Four of his homer has come at Fenway Park.
Boston Red Sox 2B: Dustin Pedroia is hitting .333 on the year and is .406 at Fenway Park. Pedroia has multiple hits in three of his past four games. He has struggled against Yankees pitching going 3 of 17.
Boston Red Sox SS: Xander Bogaerts was hot against Yankees pitching going 7 of 16 for a batting average of .438. He brings in a three game hitting streak into Game 1 of this series.
Boston Red Sox DH: David Ortiz is off to a cold start by hitting .236 on the year with four home runs and 11 RBI’s. He has multiple hits in two straight and went 2 of 16 against the Yankees in their first series.
Boston Red Sox Pitcher: Justin Masterson is 2-0 in four starts with an ERA of 5.16 and WHIP of 1.32. In two home games this year Masterson has been unable to pitch beyond the fifth inning. In starts at home Masterson has allowed eight earned runs, 11 hits and six walks in 9 2/3rd innings.
MLB One-Day League Real Money Best Fantasy Picks
P: Justin Masterson (Red Sox)
CF: Jacoby Ellsbury (Yankees)
LF: Hanley Ramirez (Red Sox)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
3B: Pablo Sandoval (Red Sox)
C: Brian McCann (Yankees)