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Huge AL East Series Getting Underway in the Bronx

After battling neck and neck for the majority of the season, the Boston Red Sox have begun to widen the gap in the AL East on the second-place New York Yankees and can increase their winning streak to nine with a win over the Bronx Bombers on Friday. Sportsbooks opened the Yanks as -130 home favorites with a total of 9.5.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in four of the Red Sox’ last five games when opening a series.
  • The Yankees are 8-1 SU in their last nine games at home after losing their two most recent home games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the Red Sox’ last 10 games on the road against the Yankees.

Eduardo Rodriguez and Jaime Garcia are expected to get the start for the Sox and Yankees, respectively. Rodriguez notched his first quality start in four chances since coming off the disabled list when he limited the lowly Chicago White Sox to two runs and four hits in six innings last Friday. The hurler is facing New York for the first time this season and is 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA in seven career starts against the Yankees.

Garcia (5-8, 4.49) suffered the loss in his debut in pinstripes last Friday when he was ripped for six runs on five hits and four walks in 4.2 innings of work at Cleveland. The 31-year-old is making his third AL start after beginning the season in Atlanta before getting traded to Minnesota and eventually ending up in the Big Apple.

The Yankees have a penchant for bouncing back at home. In their last nine when dropping their previous two at Yankee Stadium, they’re 8-1 SU.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the New York Yankees as -110 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The OVER/UNDER was hovering near 9.5 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 3.8-3.7 result in favor of the Red Sox. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

New York (60-53) will face the 65-49 Red Sox in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Boston injuries news.

The New York Yankees vs Boston Red Sox odds would favor the Yankees if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. New York is rated No. 4 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Boston is at No. 5.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and New York has baseball's No. 4-rated offensive output, at 9.07 hits per game. The Boston Red Sox average 9.1 hits per game, good for No. 4 on the list.

Boston brings the No. 4-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Yankees's No. 6-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Rays, an 8-2 final on Wednesday in support of Rick Porcello at Tropicana Field.

New York didn't plate a single run in its last outing, shut down by Marco Estrada in a losing cause, 4-0, against Toronto on Thursday.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
  • NY Yankees is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
  • NY Yankees is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of NY Yankees' last 9 games
  • NY Yankees is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston at New York, Saturday, August 12