MLB Pick: Yankees vs Red Sox
- Updated: August 5, 2011
MLB Betting Previews- New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Odds provided by VietBet:
New York +145
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox renew their long-standing rivalry tonight in the first of a three-game weekend set at Fenway Park with first-place in the AL East on the line. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on the MLB Network.
New York’s 7-2 pounding of Chicago last night as a 109 road favorite was its seventh straight victory and eighth in its last 10. The Yankees are now 68-42 on the year and tied with the Red Sox atop the division. They are 37-22 at home and 31-20 on the road.
During this streak, New York has pounded out an average of nine runs a game led by Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira’s combined 21 RBI and five home runs. Bartolo Colon will be on the mound tonight for the Yankees. He has given up just five earned runs on 18 hits in his last 18.1 innings pitched. On the year, he is 8-6 with an ERA of 3.30 in 16 starts. Lifetime against the Red Sox, Colon is 7-8 with a 3.89 ERA.
Boston is 6-4 in its last 10 games and coming off a 7-3 loss to Cleveland last night as a 157 home favorite. It is also 68-42 overall which is tied with New York for the best record in the American League. The Red Sox are 33-21 on the road this year and 35-21 at home.
The Boston lineup continues to be the most productive group of sluggers in the Majors with a team batting average of .280 and 602 runs scored. Adrian Gonzalez has led the way with 91 RBI and 18 home runs. Jon Lester will get the start for the Red Sox. He is 11-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 22 previous starts. The left hander has had success in the past against the Yankees with an 8-1 record and an ERA of 3.56. He held New York to three earned runs on eight hits in early June to notch his eight career win.
Head-to-head this season it has been all Boston with eight wins in nine meetings including the last seven straight. The total has gone 5-3-1 overall and 2-1 at Fenway.
Stick with Lester to once again keep New York’s bats in-check as he helps extend Boston’s streak over the Yankees to eight, thus ending their winning streak at seven.