Date/Time: May 31st, 7:05 PM ET
Television: MLB Network
MLB Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Probable Starters: Lester (Boston) vs. Sabathia (New York)
Moneyline: Yankees -115
For the second time this season, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees are going to be engaged in MLB betting warfare. The Bronx Bombers dropped two of the first three meetings of the season, but they are going to be out for blood on Friday night in the first of this three-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Boston has gotten back on its high horse and has won five of its last seven games to comfortably take a lead in the AL East. Winning this series would be crucial, as it would not only ensure that the lead in the division would still be safe, but it would give the team some breathing room as well. LHP Jon Lester is going to get the ball in his hands to start things off on Friday night, and Red Sox Nation has to like the sound of that. The team is 8-3 in Lester's 11 starts this year, and the southpaw himself is 6-1 with a 3.34 ERA. Lester has struggled a bit of late, allowing 10 runs, nine of which were earned in his last two starts, covering 13 innings of work. Lester really labored six days ago versus the Cleveland Indians. He threw 124 pitches over seven innings. Lester didn't get the win, but he did put his team into a position to capture the game in the late innings.
This is a big day for the Yankees, as they are going to be getting both of their starting corner infielders back. 1B Mark Teixeira and 3B Kevin Youkilis both had good rehab stints in the minors, and they are both expected to be back in the lineup for the start of this series. The timing is good as well, as the Yankees were whipped in four games by the hated New York Mets for four games, sending them on a five-game losing streak. That streak started when LHP CC Sabathia was roughed up by the Tampa Bay Rays five nights ago, and he is going to be the man that hopes to stop that streak on Friday night. Sabathia is only 4-4 on the season, and his 3.96 ERA makes him look incredibly mortal. Granted, the team hasn't helped him out any, as only averaging 3.6 runs per game of support isn't going to cut it. Still, Sabathia has allowed at least four runs in five of his 11 starts this year, and he doesn't seem to have the same sort of stuff that he had two or three seasons ago. This could be the beginning of the end for CC.
All that said, we still think that the Yankees are the right play on Friday night. The Red Sox are playing over their heads right now, and they should be bigger underdogs than this. This is a game that New York wins more often than not, if for no other reason, its lineup is in a heck of a lot better shape than it was a few days ago.
Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees Pick: New York Yankees -115