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MLB Odds: Yankees vs. Red Sox

The top clubs in the American League will take the field on Friday at Fenway Park when the Red Sox get a visit from the Yankees.

Baseball bettors will be watching this series with interest this weekend, as the team that comes out on top could take control of the AL East standings and become the league's pennant favorite.

View NY Yankees vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Boston sat as -165 favorites. The total was set at 9.5.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 2 (Red Sox) and the No. 1 (Yankees) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Boston's American League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.5 runs per game, against a Yankees offense rated No. 2 and scoring 5.4 runs per game in the league. The Red Sox have averaged 9.9 hits per game to date this season, more than the Yankees hitters have managed (9 per nine innings).

Defensively, New York features the American League's No. 2-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.6 runs per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the American League at home, scoring 5.8 runs per game.

Last time out for New York, they were a 7-2 winner as they battled the White Sox on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Yankees at -111 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Yankees hope for a dominant pitching performance similar to their last game when Ivan Nova struck out 10 batters in 7-2 victory on Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field.

Boston lost its last outing, a 7-3 result against the Indians on August 4. Bettors who backed the Indians at +148 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Boston looks to rebound from a loss to the Indians, who beat them 7-3 on Thursday behind a start from Justin Masterson at Fenway Park.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Boston are 3-7
After playing Chi White Sox are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing NY Yankees are 7-3
After playing Cleveland are 7-3
After a loss are 8-2

A few Yankees at Red Sox trends to consider:
NY Yankees are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of NY Yankees' last 9 games when playing on the road against Boston
NY Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of NY Yankees' last 11 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Boston's last 9 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Boston is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Boston is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games at home

Next up:
NY Yankees at Boston, Saturday, August 6