Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Aaron Boone suggests Giancarlo Stanton's issue is timing

Aaron Boone suggests Giancarlo Stanton's issue is timing

It's are about to get a little bit tougher.

Life won't always be this good for the Boston Red Sox.

Stanton now leads the major leagues with 20 strikeouts, while hitting just three home runs.

Tony Massarotti opened up the Baseball Reporters previewing tonight's start to the Red Sox 3-game series with the New York Yankees.

The good news is that unbeaten starting pitcher Luis Severino (2-0, 1.38) gets the call for the series opener and has been on the mound in two of the team's four wins. Even if they are only 5-5 on the season, Boston's biggest rival poses their biggest challenge of the season.

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Dealt from Cincinnati to the Yankees at the trading deadline during the 2003 season, Boone hit.125 (6 for 48) with no home runs in his first 13 games for NY. Actually, after watching both teams play, they look more like teams comprised of minor leaguers and washed-up veterans than real Major League Baseball teams.

These are dandies, even if we don't know for sure who will toe the rubber for NY in the series finale on Thursday after CC Sabathia was placed on the DL with a hip injury over the weekend (Sonny Gray is the likeliest of candidates). The right-handed Severino struck out 230 hitters over 193 innings a year ago (31 starts) while finishing the season 14-6 overall with a 2.98 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. He also scored a run and now has his OPS up to.938 on the season.

Our models project Sanchez for 10.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $3,500. Kay, I happen to know, can recite the entire screenplay from "The Pride of the Yankees", this from watching the classic Lou Gehrig biopic hundreds of times growing up the Bronx. NY is also 3-9 in their last 12 road games and 5-2 in their last seven following an off day. Sanchez has crushed Price during his career, going 5-for-11 at the plate with four of those hits finding the stands. Entering this year, Bovada had the White Sox (68 wins), Tigers (68 ¹/₂) and Royals (71 ¹/₂) with the three lowest over-under victory totals, and they represent 57 of 162 games on the schedule of the Indians and Twins.

NY is coming out of a four-game set versus the Orioles. He hasn't given up a home run yet this season, and it would be best if he keeps that going against the NY lineup.

And this season fans of both teams will be treated to 19 contests to see which GM built the better club. They've issued 20 free passes in those innings, as well, which could prove to be incredibly advantageous for the Yankees lineup.

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The under is 5-1 in the Yankees' last six trips to Boston and is 5-1 in the last six meetings between these two teams overall. Smith has been a nightmare in his bid to claim that eighth inning role, sporting a robust 2.45 WHIP in five appearances (3.2 innings).

Stanton was booed vociferously by Yankees fans because of his awful performance during his first homestand wearing pinstripes. It's not in his best interest to put the Yankees in such situations. The bullpen has a 4.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 9.8 K/9. I can't find a whole lot of reasons to pick NY here, so I'm going Red Sox. Needless to say Stanton has yet to live up to the expectations set upon him at the beginning of the season.

Asked if he expected this kind of crowd reaction in his first week as a Yankee playing at home, Stanton said, "Sure".

On Sunday, Stanton became the first player to ever have two games with no hits and five strikeouts in the same season - just ten games into the 2018 season. Thus far he has slashed.167/.271/.429 including two games where he has struck out five times!

Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton looks on after striking out to end an inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Boston is favored at -135, meaning it would take a bet of $135 on the Red Sox to win $100. Faced with the choice of pitching to Aaron Judge or Stanton with two out and the potential winning run on second, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter opted to try his luck with the player who had led baseball with 59 home runs in 2017.

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