Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
One of sports fiercest rivalries is renewed as the New York Yankees host the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees are -135 favorites over the Red Sox with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The New York Yankees are playing decent baseball but decent doesn’t cut it in the American League East, as the Yanks are a game behind the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees come in having lost back-to-back games to Kansas City, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and 13-8 at home thus far this year. As a team New York is hitting .253 led by Robinson Cano at .291 and Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson at .270. The Yankees pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.71 with the starters at 3.90 and the bullpen at 3.33. For game one against the hated Red Sox New York starts Bartolo Colon who has had two no decisions in his last two starts after winning two in a row. For the season Colon has allowed 39 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 37 in 37.1 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox had one of the worst starts of any team this season and they still haven’t fully recovered as they are tied for last place in the AL East. The Red Sox trail the Rays by five games, have lost two in a row coming into this series, and are 5-5 in their last 10 games. As a team Boston is hitting .256 with Adrian Gonzalez hitting .329, Jacoby Ellsbury hitting .292, and David Ortiz hitting .291. The Red Sox pitching staff has a team ERA of .254 with the starters at 4.23 and the bullpen 4.71. For game one in the Bronx Boston starts Clay Buchholz who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Buchholz has allowed 44 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 23 in 38.2 innings of work.
New York is 5-1 in their last six against the AL East, 11-4 in their last 15 games following a loss, and 2-5 in their last seven games against a right-handed starter. Boston is 9-2 in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record. Boston is 5-11 in their last 16 games in New York.
The Yankees are struggling in their last two but it’s hard to think they won’t be sky high for this one. The Red Sox have not been good on the road at 6-11 and they look like they will be 6-12 after this one. Take the Yankees minus the 135 here.
New York Yankees -135 Boston Red Sox