New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox, 4/10/18: Season Series Opener

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is making $8.25 million this season

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is making $8.25 million this season

New England Sports Network will be televising the action.

New York's slightly longer odds are a reflection of their own slow start as well as Boston's early season dominance. He pitched five innings of one-run ball and struck out six on Tuesday against the Marlins. The Red Sox were hoping Bogaerts could avoid a similar fate after suffering his injury sliding for an errant throw late in Sunday's thriller.

Can the Red Sox hold on to first place in the AL East? "I was shocked." In Mad Dog's accounting, the booing was done by "seven Yankees fans who are drunk, who are sitting there with a poncho and who want to go out there and boo". Now things get interesting - the New York Yankees come to town for a three-game series.

The Red Sox are off to an impressive (and historic) start to the 2018 season. The over has hit in one of those games, compared to one that've hit the under in such games.

The Red Sox have also been hearing how much the Yankees have improved all spring while they have gotten off to one of the best starts in baseball themselves. The over has hit in four of those games, compared to four that've gone under. It made it a smooth transition."Los Angeles Angels outfielder Chris Young, who spent the last two years in Boston, was one of the few who did it in reverse, playing two years in NY, before going straight to Boston". Noah Syndergaard is back after being limited to 30 1/3 innings a year ago because of a torn lat muscle, and even Matt Harvey is showing signs of being a contributor after two ineffective, injury-plagued seasons. I can see how guys that come there are shocked."Boston is just a very reactionary media market".

He's never faced Tuesday's starter, ace and lanky flamethrower Chris Sale. While Sale might not have the record to back up this acclaim, he has amassed 15 strikeouts in his 2 starts so far. They ended up losing this game 8-7 in 12 innings.

Severino is 2-4 with a 4.32 ERA against the Red Sox in his short career, but he was 2-1 against Boston in his breakout 2017. So Red Sox fans, as exciting as this hot start is, let's pump the brakes a bit.

The Boston offense has put up 4.7 runs per outing, including 6.4 per game over its last five. The Red Sox are 8-1 for the first time in 118 years after Sunday's improbable 8-7 rally past the Rays, one that featured six runs on six straight two-out hits in the bottom of the eighth inning. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.89, along with a K-per-9 of 13.39.

The Yankees are 5-0 in their last five Tuesday games and 14-5 in their last 19 following a loss.

Boston's quest for a ninth title has also been boosted by Xander Bogaerts, who's leading the team in batting average, home runs, and RBI, and Hanley Rairez, who's hitting.324 with eight RBI in his fourth season in Beantown.

Gregorius seemed to take a step back when hitting lefties on the road last season, maintaining a slash line of.235/.278/.324 across 72 such plate appearances (compared to his overall season line of.287/.317/.478).

But for the Red Sox, the news could have been a lot worse.

After reaching the AL Championship Series past year and adding Stanton, the Yankees came into this season with high expectations, and it will take more than a few whiffs early in the season to change that.

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