USA Today Sports. Pictured: J.A. Happ
- J.A. Happ has been spectacular for the Yankees since being traded from Toronto and will look to keep rolling against Boston.
- The Rockies (-180) take on the Nationals looking for the eighth win in a row.
With the baseball playoffs rapidly approaching, I’m going to be doing a daily article on a few of my favorite picks on the slate. Let’s dive right in!
New York Yankees (-130) at Boston Red Sox (+120) | Over/Under: 9
The New York Yankees already know they’ll be taking on the Oakland Athletics in the AL wild-card game on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The winner of Wednesday’s win-or-go-home game will play the Red Sox in the Divisional Series.
That gives this season-closing series between the Yankees and Sox a funny feeling to it.
It should be noted that the Yankees still haven’t clinched home-field advantage for the wild-card game. Their magic number is one, so they can clinch with a win or an Oakland loss.
The Yankees will turn to J.A. Happ against Boston tonight and the veteran southpaw has been superb since coming to the Bronx. New York is 8-2 in games started by Happ, and the 35-year-old owns a 2.34 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 57.2 innings.
If Happ, who has great numbers against Boston, puts in a solid shift Friday night, there’s a good chance Aaron Boone turns to him against Oakland in the one-game playoff.
Brian Johnson gets the spot start for the Red Sox, and this is a pretty big start for the big lefty. He’s been Jekyll and Hyde for Boston this season but is still in consideration for the postseason roster.