A weekend series between the Yankees and Red Sox resumes on Saturday.
On the mound for the Bombers will be Domingo German (3-3, 3.69 ERA) with pitching-starved Boston turning to Tanner Houck (3-5, 5.46 ERA).
Take away one poor outing against the Mariners and German has been rolling over the past month.
In his other five starts, German has allowed just six runs over 28²/₃ innings.
German pitched well in two starts against the Red Sox last season, giving up eight hits and four runs in 11 innings.
Like most of the Red Sox staff, Houck has been brutal recently, allowing four runs or more in four of his last six starts.
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He has been particularly bad in his two most recent outings where he gave up eight runs over nine innings.
The Red Sox have been a strong fade with Houck on the mound.
Boston has lost Houck’s last five starts by a combined score of 28-7.
The Red Sox rotation ranks near the bottom of MLB in every major statistical category.
The bullpen has been a little better but they are facing a New York team with the lowest bullpen ERA in the league, so again, it’s advantage Yankees.
The Yankees have gone 8-3 in the previous 11 meetings with the Red Sox entering Saturday.
Look for that dominance to continue, as Boston has lost five of Houck’s last seven starts by the runline.
Yankees runline -1.5 runs (+176, FanDuel)