Bet on Yankees to Beat Red Sox in Tonight's Series Opener

Jeff Grant

Friday, August 1, 2014 12:10 PM GMT

The Boston Red Sox are clearly looking ahead to next season, which will allow the New York Yankees to jump on them early in Friday night’s series opener.

The Time is Now
New York is desperately trying to stay alive in the American League’s postseason discussion in shortstop Derek Jeter’s final year, but it heads into this series 3.5 games back in the Wild Card standings and five behind the Baltimore Orioles in the division.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi will have more flexibility when filling out the lineup card moving forward, as the team welcomes in Stephen Drew and Martin Prado to its clubhouse.

MLB handicappers will find that that Bronx Bombers have proven victorious in 13 of their last 22 games against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

 

Waiving the White Flag
There’s no question that oddsmakers are going to have a difficult time establishing a money line in this affair, as Boston was an active participant during Thursday’s trade deadline, which was caused by dropping eight of its last nine affairs.

The Red Sox will likely debut newcomers Yoenis Cespedes and Allen Craig in baseball’s biggest rivalry, with the two combining for 24 home runs in playing for the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals respectively.

It’s important to point out that the defending World Series champions are a dismal 18-31 versus AL East opponents this year.

 

Capuano
Chris Capuano (1-1, 4.30 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in his first career start with the Yankees last Saturday, as he allowed two runs and five hits over six innings of work in a 6-4 home defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Springfield, Massachusetts native will be motivated to perform at a high level in this affair, considering he began the season with Boston before being designated for assignment on June 25.

Capuano was then picked up by the Colorado Rockies—combining to go 1-0 with a 2.79  ERA in four outings between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Colorado Springs.

 

Ranaudo
The Red Sox starting rotation will have a new look with veterans John Lackey and Jon Lester being dealt yesterday to the St. Louis Cardinals and the Athletics respectively—a group that has reached the seventh inning just once over the last nine games.

Anthony Ranaudo will be making his professional debut after producing a 12-4 record and 2.41 ERA in 21 efforts at Triple-A Pawtucket.

The right-hander will face a major challenge in this spot, with rookie pitchers going 5-5 with a 3.91 ERA against the Yankees in 2014.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB betting picks, as the Red Sox are 22-30 versus teams with a winning record.

Also, Ranaudo will likely experience some first-inning jitters, which could lead New York to improving upon its 21-7 mark when leading after the opening frame.
MLB Pick:  New York Yankees 

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