The Boston Red Sox are 4-8 in their last 12 games at Yankee Stadium after splitting the first two games of this three-game series against New York. The Red Sox will try to take the series in Thursday night’s rubber game.
Boston is a +106 underdog in New York at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. David Price will make his third start of the season for Boston facing Michael Pineda and the Yankees as -116 home favorites.
David Price had the worst season of his career since his first full year in the league last season, compiling a 3.99 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in his first season in Boston. Both totals were the highest they’ve been since 2009.
Price started the 2017 season on the disabled list with an elbow injury, but has looked sharp in his first two starts of the year with a 3.00 ERA, a 0.67 WHIP and 11 strikeouts through 12 innings. If Price is able to return to career form, the Red Sox would have an elite one-two punch between him and Chris Sale.
All eight teams have been here before, with at least three appearances in Omaha for each school. Three teams have won national titles — LSU is a six-time champion, last in 2009; Cal State Fullerton is a four-time champ, last in 2004; and Oregon State has two titles to its credit, the last in 2007.
These eight teams are split into two groups of four. On one side of the bracket, Oregon State, Cal State Fullerton, LSU, and Florida State will battle. On the other side of the bracket, we have Louisville, Texas A&M, Florida, and TCU.