Two of the best teams in Major League Baseball get down to business as the New York Yankees head to Boston for a weekend series with the Red Sox, fittingly enough with the two teams tied for 1st place in the AL East division. No doubt this series will make for the best sports betting options available over the course of the weekend, as the Yankees try to build on their current seven-game winning streak tonight while simultaneously snapping a seven-game losing streak at the hands of Boston.
The Yankees however will need to get around Red Sox start Jon Lester, who’s been as successful as any pitcher against New York, going 8-1 with a 3.56 ERA in 14 starts, including 5 straight victories. Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.30 ERA) has also pitched well against Boston, yet has far less current experience, pitching in only 10 1/3 innings against the Red Sox without a victory (0-2, 2.61 ERA, but only a .175 opponent batting average).
The two squads come into the series as the top-two teams in the league in terms of scoring, with Boston knocking in 5.5 runs per game, and New York 5.4. Perhaps a telling indicator may be the total runs these two teams have put up between them this season; over 9 games played, 8 games have eclipsed 8 total runs scored.
As such betting lines have been made appropriately to reflect a high likelihood for run scoring, and the Sportsbetting.com sportsbook has the over/under on tonight’s match-up at 9 runs (-105 for over, -115 for under).
Unsurprisingly considering history, Jon Lester holds the advantage for the Red Sox, getting a -160 on the moneyline, while the Yankees are underdogs at +140 behind Bartolo Colon. Boston will need to make up 1.5 runs to score a runline bet at +125, while New York gets +1.5 runs at -145.
However, with New York bent on retribution after an embarrassing run of losing 8 of 9 games to Boston, and riding high on their current win streak (averaging 9 runs per game over that course), New York emerges as a good possibility to nab an underdog victory, and issue some payback on the road at Fenway Park.
Players to Watch – New York:
Mark Teixeira, 1B. In the past two weeks, Teixeira has hit .339 with 6 home runs and 18 RBIs. He’s coming off a week hitting .379 and has been the source of power once again for the Yankees lineup, eclipsing 30 home runs for the 8th straight season, and also becoming the record holder for most times hitting home runs from both sides of the plate in a single game (12).
Robinson Cano, 2B. Can caught fire last week during the Yankees winning streak, hitting .480 with 2 homers and 12 RBIs. He’ll need to do better against Jon Lester however, who he’s just 9 for 37 against with 3 RBIs.
Players to Watch – Boston:
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B. If there is a player to watch for Boston each and every week, it’s Adrian Gonzalez. He leads the league in both batting average and RBIs, and will likely end up being the AL MVP this season. He’s coming off a week hitting .417, but with only 1 home run and 4 RBIs, expect more production at home in this series. He’s hitting .385 over the last month and continues to be the heart of the Red Sox lineup.
Dustin Pedroia, 2B. After a slow start to the year, Pedroia has been on an absolute tear. He’s hitting .415 with 7 home runs and 18 RBIs (with 6 steals to boot) in the last month of play. He’s raised his average on the year to .311, and combined with lead-off hitter Jacob Ellsbury they lead the league in runs scored (156) from the 1st and 2nd batting order spots.
Our Pick: Boston prevails at home over Bartolo Colon as Jon Lester snaps the Yankees seven-game win streak and continues to aggravate the Bronx Bombers at Fenway Park.