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Yankees vs Redsox Preview

The Yankees and Red Sox finish up their three-game series after splitting the first two games of the series.

In the season opener Sunday night the Red Sox beat New York 9-7 in a slugfest that displayed both teams’ offensive potential. New York struck back on Tuesday with a 6-4 victory.

Starting for the Yankees today with be lefty southpaw Andy Pettitte, while John Lackey will make his Red Sox debut.

Pettitte, who is likely entering his final season in the majors, posted a 14-8 record last season with a 4.16 ERA. He faced Boston four times last season and came away with a 2-1 record and a 3.76 ERA. During his lengthy career he’s taken the mound at Fenway 17 times and posted a 7-3 record and 3.90 ERA.

Lackey goes from being the ace for the Angels to the No. 3 man in the Boston rotation. That could suit him just fine after an 11-8 record and a 3.83 ERA last season with Los Angeles. He only faced the Yankees once last season and picked up a win after allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings. For Boston fans’ sake he’ll hopefully pitch better at Fenway as a member of the Red Sox than he did as an Angel. In nine starts at Fenway while with the Angels Lackey was 2-5 with a 5.75 ERA.

Pettitte has had Boston’s number a lot in his career, while Lackey may try to do a little too much in his Sox debut and get beat around by the Yankees’ killer lineup. Take New York at +125 at Bovada.

The Yankees’ New York brethren, the Mets, are also in action today with the second game of a three-game set against Florida. In Game 1 of the series on Monday Johan Santana pitched the Mets to a 7-1 win.

In today’s game the Mets hand the ball to John Maine, and the Marlins will start Ricky Nolasco.

Maine is coming off a disappointing 2009 season in which he made only 15 starts due to arm fatigue. He posted a 7-6 record with a 4.43 ERA, but after a decent September the Mets are hoping he’ll start strong in 2010.

Despite spending a lot of time away from the field last season Maine faced the Marlins four times in 2009 and went 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA. Today’s game will be played in New York at Citi Field, which should please Maine. Last season Maine was 6-1 with a 1.98 ERA at home, compared to a 1-5 record and 6.28 ERA on the road.

Nolasco somehow posted a winning record of 13-9 last season despite a high 5.60 ERA. In four starts against the Mets last year he was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He’s had little success against the Mets in his career, with a 3-6 record and 5.99 ERA in 15 starts.

Judging by Nolasco’s difficulties against the Mets in the past, and Maine’s sparkling numbers when pitching at Citi Field, the Mets look like a solid pick in this game at +100.