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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Free Picks

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Friday, 16 August 2013 09:13

Yankees vs. Red Sox odds and PicksThe Boston Red Sox have been one of several surprises in the American League East this price per head season. They were never expected to be this good, and now that they are on top, finishing strong and locking up a division title has become an expectation. That challenge will continue with the New York Yankees in town this weekend, as Boston sends John Lackey to the mound opposite Hiroki Kuroda. Lackey has been in a bit of a slump with consecutive losses, while Kuroda has been the best starting pitcher in the Yankees’ rotation all year.

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Saturday August 17, 2013 – 4:05 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
MLB Sportsbook Line: Boston - 140 at TopBet.eu

Kuroda will be looking for win No. 12 on the year when he takes the mound against the Red Sox, as he is 4-1 with an ERA under 2.00 in his last six starts. Inconsistency has plagued New York all year with starting pitching a major issue, but Kuroda has brought his ERA down to 2.33 and has been consistently strong all season.

 

MLB Betting Preview: New York Yankees

Kuroda managed to pitch seven-strong in his last start against Boston, allowing just two earned runs on five hits to get the live betting win. He will need to be at his best again in this one, especially with how unpredictable the Yankees’ offense has been. Alfonso Soriano had a breakout night on Monday with two home runs and a career-high six RBI to help New York past the Los Angeles Angels, but he can’t do that every night and that is why guys like Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter really need to step up and provide the offense with a spark amidst all of the controversy surrounding the organization in regards to A-Rod and PED’s.

MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox top-ranked offense doesn’t need to look to one individual player for a spark, as it has been on fire over the past month. Boston will need to bear down and find a way to get to Kuroda early, especially considering the way that Lackey has pitched of late. That will be easier said than done, especially with Lackey’s ERA climbing from 2.78 to 3.32 over the last month of sports betting action. Lackey hasn’t been awful, but he hasn’t been good enough to overcome a surprising lack of run support from a very good offense.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The Red Sox should be able to get at least a pair of wins in this series against their AL East rivals, but this is the one game in which they are most likely to falter. Kuroda has been excellent of late and has the potential to steal a game for the Yankees, so look for him to pitch well the way he has all year and get just enough run support to pull out the win on Saturday. For all of the latest MLB news and betting odds, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.

My Pick: New York Yankees + 125

 
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