New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox
One of the biggest rivalries in all of sports resumes with huge stakes for one of the sides as the New York Yankees host the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox are -150 favorites over the Yankees with an over/under run total set at 9.
The New York Yankees have their spot in the post season all wrapped up but after losing on Thursday to the Rays the Bronx Bombers have a chance to ruin the season of the Red Sox by taking their weekend series. The Yankees are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 50-28 at home this season, and are the 2011 A.L. East division champions. As a team New York is hitting .265 led by Robinson Cano at .305, Derek Jeter at .297, Alex Rodriguez at .281, and Curtis Granderson at .270. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.66 with the starters at 4.02 and the bullpen at 2.91. For game one against the Red Sox New York starts Freddie Garcia who lost last time out but the Yankees had won all of the three previous games he started. For the season Garcia has allowed 146 hits and 59 earned runs while striking out 93 over 140.2 innings of work.
The Boston Red Sox are in an all-out tailspin and have hit panic mode as it once looked like they were going to waltz into the post season as division champions and they are now looking at the possibility of missing the playoffs altogether. The Red Sox have lost two in a row, are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and have a slim two game lead in the A.L. Wild Card race. As a team Boston is hitting .280 led by Adrian Gonzalez at .341, Jacoby Ellsbury at .319, David Ortiz at .312, and Dustin Pedroia at .300. As a team Boston’s pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.15 with the starters at 4.38 and the bullpen at 3.73. For game one at Yankee Stadium Boston starts Jon Lester who has lost his last two starts. For the season Lester has allowed 154 hits and 64 earned runs while striking out 174 in 183 innings of work.
New York is 4-1 in their last five games as an underdog, 6-2 in their last eight game one of a series, and 5-0 in Garcia’s last five home starts. Boston is 4-1 in their last five games following an off day, 1-8 in their last nine game one of a series, and 7-3 in Lester’s last 10 starts as a road favorite. Boston has won six in a row in New York.
A few days back I took the Orioles to beat Boston at Fenway Park in game the Red Sox were starting their ace, Josh Beckett, I just wouldn’t make any sense now to even believe the Red Sox are capable of turning things around.
New York Yankees +130 Boston Red Sox