Boston Red Sox (17-20) vs. New York Yankees (20-15) MLB Betting Lines

Moneyline: Yankees (-119) Red Sox (+109)

Over/Under: 9.5

Starting Pitchers: Red Sox (Buchholz) vs. Yankees (Colon)

There isn’t a better rivalry in baseball. The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees definitely have respect for each other, but there is plenty of hatred to go around as well. The Red Sox can’t seem to get on a hot streak as they continue to flounder just below .500. The Yankees started the season well, but they have lost six of their last nine games overall. It will be the veteran Bartolo Colon on the hill for the Yankees against Clay Buchholz for the Red Sox. Expect nothing less than an intensity filled showdown in the Bronx on Friday night.

Nearly everyone, myself included, keeps waiting for the Boston Red Sox to get on a red hot streak and surge above .500, but they just haven’t been able to do it. The Red Sox have a great collection of hitters, but they are just 16th in the majors in runs scored per game so far in 2011. Carl Crawford was supposed to be a catalyst for this team, but he is in a massive slump. Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis are also having a difficult season thus far. On the positive side, Adrian Gonzalez has heated up of late and he has been driving in runs at an impressive clip. While the offense hasn’t taken most of the blame, the starting pitching hasn’t been good at all either for Boston. The Red Sox rank 26th in the majors in ERA and they have gotten only 16 quality starts this year.

Don’t look now, but the Yankees aren’t playing very well right now either. The Yankees offense is pounding out home runs, but they aren’t manufacturing runs at all. The team continues to strand a ton of runners in scoring position. It is stunning that at this point in the season the Yankees don’t even have a single player on their roster batting above .300. The good news for them is Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner are really heating up over the last couple weeks. Jorge Posada and Nick Swisher continue to struggle in a big way. The Yankees pitching staff has been ordinary, which isn’t terribly surprising. Bartolo Colon had been great all year until his last outing when Texas lit him up for five runs in just four innings of work.

These two both have very good offenses that have been silenced more often than expected this year. Buchholz and Colon both have struggled against their opponent in this one, and I think the two offenses will have a breakout game. I like the over in this one.

MLB Free Pick: Red Sox/Yankees over 9.5