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Yankees vs. Red Sox: MLB Odds

Ryan Dempster will be making his first regular-season start for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night as they close out their MLB betting series on the road against the New York Yankees.

Dempster faced the Yankees once last season, getting knocked around for eight earned runs over six innings of work as a member of the Texas Rangers. Overall Dempster's teams are 0-4 in his career outings against the Yankees, with the OVER/UNDER at 2-2.

For the Yankees, Andy Pettitte gets the ball, charged with keeping the Red Sox hitters off the base paths. He'll face Ryan Dempster, 0-0 on the year.

View Boston vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Red Sox listed as underdogs of +-120 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Yankees sit at No. 1 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Red Sox sit at an American League No. 10 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features New York's American League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 3 runs per game, against a Red Sox offense rated No. 1 and scoring 7.5 runs per game in the league. The Yankees have averaged 7.5 hits per game to date this season, less than the Red Sox hitters have managed (13 per nine innings).

Boston brings the American League's No. 6-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Yankees' league No. 15-ranked defense.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 7-4 winner as they battled the Yankees on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Red Sox at +109 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Yankees, a 7-4 final on Wednesday in support of Clay Buchholz at Yankee Stadium.

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Toronto are 4-6
After playing NY Yankees are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 4-6
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

A few Red Sox at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
NY Yankees are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of NY Yankees' last 6 games

Next up:
Boston at Toronto, Friday, April 5
NY Yankees at Detroit, Friday, April 5