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Yanks in Tough as Massive Dogs Against Chris Sale and the Sox

Last night’s epic comeback by the Red Sox put them five games ahead of the Yanks in the AL East and with Chris Sale (14-4, 2.51 ERA) taking the rock tonight, there’s a good chance that lead grows to six. The southpaw has been the American League’s best pitcher all season and when he faced the Bronx Bombers in his last start, he shut them down.

SHARK BITES
  • The Red Sox are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games with Chris Sale on the starting bump.
  • CC Sabathia has given up 12 runs in his last 13.1 innings of work.
  • Aaron Judge is 0-for-7 with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk against Sale.

When they met Sale a week ago, the Yankees managed just four hits in seven innings and they were struck out 12 times by the probable 2017 AL Cy Young winner. If I were a betting man (and I am), I would say it’s probable that Aaron Judge’s record streak of 34 straight games with at least one strikeout is extended this evening.

Betting odds are not on the side of the visiting club tonight as the Yanks opened the contest as +210 moneyline underdogs. Since 2000, the Yankees have been underdogs of +210 or more just three times, going 1-2 SU in those games.

Boston was forced to use more relievers than John Farrell would have liked last night with starter Drew Pomeranz forced to leave the game with back spasms, so expect Sale to go deeper than he might normally be expected.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Boston Red Sox in this one found them listed on the oddsboard as moneyline favorites of -228 at BetOnline for Saturday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 4.7-4.2 win for the Yankees on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Boston Red Sox sport a record of 70-51 heading into this matchup, while the New York Yankees sit at 65-56 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs New York injuries news.

This game puts the Boston Red Sox, most recently No. 3 in the OddsShark MLB Power Rankings, up against the New York Yankees, who rate a No. 12 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has baseball's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 9.12 hits per game. The New York Yankees average 9.03 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the list.

Defensively, New York features the No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.17 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 at home, scoring 4.87 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

New York looks to rebound from a loss to the Red Sox, who beat them 9-6 on Friday at Fenway Park.

Betting Trends
  • NY Yankees is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • NY Yankees is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • NY Yankees is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Boston
  • NY Yankees is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Boston
  • Boston is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Boston is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games
  • Boston is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games at home
  • Boston is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

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New York at Boston, Sunday, August 20

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