7:05 PM ET, September 5, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Boston: Peavy (11-5, 3.91 ERA)
New York: Nova (8-4, 2.88 ERA)
Ever since Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez back in August — the New York Yankees are slowly but surely making into MLB playoff contention.
New York and visiting Boston Red Sox will meet tonight for the first time since that incident, which may have boosted the Yankees in their playoff push.
YouWager experts are always expecting something huge to happen when these rivals meet. This is specially true since New York’s 9-6 win at Boston on Aug. 18.
Dempster hit Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch in the second inning of that finale of a heated series in which several Red Sox players complained that the embattled third baseman was allowed to appeal his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case.
Dempster, who has returned since drawing a five-game suspension for the incident, won’t be starting this four-game set.
New York (75-64) trailed the Tampa Bay Rays by 6 1/2 games after that contest, and have narrowed that gap to 2 1/2 for the AL’s second wild card by winning 11 of 16 since after sweeping three games from the Chicago White Sox this week.
The Red Sox (84-57) lead third-place Yankees by eight games in the AL East.
Ortiz went 3 for 5 with two homers to reach the 2,000-hit plateau Wednesday as Boston matched the franchise record by going deep eight times in their ninth win in 11 games, 20-4 over the Detroit Tigers.
According to the MLB moneyline, tonight’s game of right-handers seems to favor the Yankees since they have won six straight starts by Ivan Nova (8-4, 2.88 ERA) while Red Sox’s starter Jake Peavy (11-5, 3.91) has lost all four prior outings against the Bronx Bombers.
Nova went 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in six August starts to earn AL pitcher of the month honors, tossing a three-hitter Saturday for his first career shutout in a 2-0 win versus the Baltimore Orioles. The 26 year-old is 2-1 with a 4.94 ERA in five career starts against the Red Sox, with Dustin Pedroia 4 for 8 against him.
Peavy, who owns a 3.96 career ERA versus New York, is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA in six starts since the Red Sox acquired the Alabama native on July 30 from the White Sox.
Derek Jeter is 0 for 8 when facing Peavy, his worst mark against any active pitcher.