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Yankees Favored In Rubber Match vs. Red Sox

Gleyber Torres's Yankees are favored in the Boston vs New York odds for July 18.

The New York Yankees had lost each of their last eight games against the Boston Red Sox before winning Saturday night’s game 3-1 at home. The Yankees will try to close out their series against the Red Sox with another home victory this Sunday night.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees
  • Date/Time: July 18, 2021, 7:08 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: Yankee Stadium
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Opening Odds: Yankees -109 | O/U 9 runs (Line History)
  • Red Sox vs. Yankees (Matchup Report)

Opening Odds Analysis

The Yankees opened as -109 favorites in this matchup and have been bet up slightly to New York -116. The Red Sox will try to pull off an upset as +106 road underdogs while the total for this matchup is set at nine runs. Boston has gone 21-12 in 33 games as a betting underdog this season.

Starting Pitchers Analysis

Martin Perez lasted only 3.2 innings in his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies, allowing six hits and three earned runs in an 11-2 loss. Perez had allowed two runs or fewer in each of his previous four starts and the Red Sox were 4-0 over that stretch. Perez has a 4.04 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP through 84.2 innings pitched this season.

Jameson Taillon is having his best month of the season in July with a 2.08 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP in two road starts against the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros. Taillon owns a 4.90 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP across 17 starts this season. He is 3-1 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP in 10 home starts in 2021.

Boston News & Notes

The Red Sox’s recent run of dominance over the Yankees finally came to an end on Saturday night as Boston managed to score only one run in a 3-1 loss in New York. Gerrit Cole pitched six innings and struck out 11 before the game was called due to heavy rain. The game being stopped due to rain was definitely a bad break for the Red Sox, who were finally going to get to New York’s bullpen with Cole at 96 pitches on the night.

Boston is now 56-37 with the loss. Xander Bogaerts is questionable to return to the lineup on Sunday after missing Saturday’s game with minor discomfort in his left wrist. Bogaerts is batting .318 this season with 15 home runs, 58 runs and 51 RBI.

New York News & Notes

The Yankees got some help from the rain in snapping their losing streak against the Red Sox, but they’ll take the win any way they can get it. New York broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back home runs from Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres. It was a welcome sight for Yankees fans to see some offense on Saturday as the team had been shutout 4-0 in its previous game against Boston on Friday.

New York’s lineup will still be shorthanded on Sunday as Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge are on the injured list due to positive COVID-19 testing. Judge has been New York’s best bat in 2021 as he leads the team in batting average (.282), home runs (21), and RBI (47). Urshela has the team’s second-best batting average at .275 on the season.

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Betting Pick: UNDER 9 runs

Jameson Taillon has pitched well at home this season and is in strong form over his last two starts. New York’s struggling under-performing offense is missing two of its best bats. All signs point to another low-scoring game on Sunday.

Shark Bites
  • Boston is 2-5 over its last 7 games.
  • New York is 2-4 in its last 6 home games.
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in New York’s last six games.