Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees play the rubber match of their three game series at Fenway Park with first place in the American League East going to the winner. The Red Sox are -170 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 9.
After losing a squeaker in game one of their series with the Yankees on Friday night, the Boston Red Sox returned to the field on Saturday and put together a convincing win. Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits including a home run and drove in six runs, Carl Crawford had four hits and scored three times, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia scored twice as the Red Sox scored 10 times off of 11 hits. On the mound John Lackey battled out of trouble several times as he allowed six hits and three earned runs while striking out five over six innings of work to earn his 10th win of the season. For Sunday’s series finale Boston starts Josh Beckett who is having his best season as a pro. For the season Beckett has allowed 91 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 122 in 139 innings of work.
The New York Yankees held the lead in the American League East but sole possession lasted just a day as they fell to the Red Sox on Saturday. Mark Teixeira hit his 32nd home run, Francisco Cervelli had three hits, and Eric Chavez had two hits but the Yankees squandered opportunities all day long as they scored just four times off of 10 hits and three walks. On the mound C.C. Sabathia damaged his Cy Young chances as he was rocked allowing nine hits and seven earned runs while striking out six over six innings of work to take his sixth loss of the season. For Sunday Night’s game on ESPN New York starts Freddy Garcia who has won his last three starts. For the season Garcia has allowed 118 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 80 in 117.1 innings of work.
Boston is 14-5 in their last 19 home games, 23-5 in their last 28 against the American League East, and 24-9 in Beckett’s last 33 games as a home favorite. New York is 5-1 in their last six road games, 5-1 in their last six games as an underdog, and 4-0 in Garcia’s last four starts against a team with a winning record. New York is 1-8 in the last nine meetings of these two.
This is a big number against a team that is tied for first place and just ended a seven game winning streak and while I wouldn’t go big, there is a lot of value here on the Yankees. Take the Yankees plus the 150.
New York Yankees +150 Boston Red Sox