Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
Tip-off: Thursday, April 4, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
- Boston: Dempster (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
- New York: Pettitte (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
It was a fantastic start of the season for the Boston Red Sox, especially after a nightmare of a starting pitching that derailed them in 2012.
Tonight Boston has a chance at an opening-series sweep of the New York Yankees in the Bronx.
The Red Sox are looking for their first 3-0 start since beginning 5-0 in 1999, already with road victories versus New York in the first two games of the season for the first time since 1935.
In 2012 Boston starters combined to go 48-72 with a 5.19 ERA that ranked 27th in baseball — a big reason for the Red Sox’s 69-93 record and last place finish in the AL East. However, Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz have combined for a 2.25 ERA over 12 innings in 8-2 and 7-4 wins versus New York on Monday and Wednesday, accordingly.
Last year Lester and Buchholz were the only two to throw more than 180 innings, so the Red Sox are getting a little nervous to see how new addition Ryan Dempster performs in his start tonight.
Dempster, who signed a two-year deal with the Sox in the offseason, had a difficult time in 12 AL starts last year after being acquired by the Texas Rangers. The right-hander went 7-3 despite a 5.09 ERA after recording a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts earlier in the season for the Chicago Cubs.
YouWager experts would like to see Dempster keep on being the sat he’s proven to be over the course of his career, throwing 200 or more innings seven times in 15 seasons.
With a roster already depleted by injuries, New York caught another bad break in Wednesday’s defeat. Starter Hiroki Kuroda recorded just four outs before a Shane Victorino line drive bruised his middle finger, eventually forcing Kuroda out of the game. Kuroda, who tied Phil Hughes for the team lead in victories in 2012 with 16, underwent X-rays and a CT scan that came back negative, though he was set to see a doctor today.
The Yankees are hoping they can able to keep him away from a lengthy and very expensive disabled list that already includes Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Hughes.
Starting for the Yanks tonight will be Andy Pettitte who will be beginning his 15th season with the club. The Louisiana native is coming off a year in which he was limited to 12 starts due to a broken leg keeping him out for three months, though he went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts.
By taking a look at the MLB point spread we have learned that Dempster has had a hard time in five career starts versus New York only posting an 0-4 record with a 7.62 ERA.