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MLB Betting: Red Sox host the Yankees

Andy Pettitte will take the mound for the New York Yankees on Friday night as they open up a key MLB betting series at Fenway Park against the division-rival Boston Red Sox.

Pettitte is 7-9 with a 4.62 ERA on the season, with the lefthander last pitching at Fenway Park on July 19 when he gave up four runs on six hits over 6 1-3 innings in a loss. The Yankees are just 1-4 over Pettitte's last five outings.

Getting the ball for the Red Sox is Felix Doubront, who owns a 8-5 record on the season with a 3.37 ERA.

View NY Yankees vs Boston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Boston sat as -181 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 9.5, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 3 (Red Sox) and the No. 12 (Yankees) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Boston has the American League's No. 2-rated offensive output, at 9.5 hits per game. The Yankees average 8.2 hits per game, good for No. 14 on the American League list.

Comparing defensive stats, New York owns the American League's No. 3-rated road mark, allowing 3.8 runs per game on the highway. Boston, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring at home.

New York lost its last outing, an 8-4 result against the Angels on August 15. Bettors who backed the Angels at +101 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (12) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. New York didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-4 to Los Angeles on Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Boston was a 2-1 loser in its last match on the road against the Blue Jays. They lost as -115 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston suffered a 2-1 loss against Toronto on Thursday, as Jake Peavy wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Rogers Centre.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 4-6
After playing LA Angels are 7-3
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Red Sox Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

A few Yankees at Red Sox trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston
NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing at home against NY Yankees
Boston is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing NY Yankees

Next up:
NY Yankees at Boston, Saturday, August 17