Choose 'Under' for MLB Pick in Red Sox vs. Yankees Opener

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 1:07 PM GMT

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees may be without a couple of their offensive spark plugs in the series opener, which will lead to a low-scoring affair in the Bronx Tuesday night.

Dazed and Confused
Boston has alternated wins and losses over its last six games, as it looks to bounce back from a 4-3 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays at MLB odds of +156 as road underdogs Monday, while going 'under' the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  

The Red Sox have scored 37 runs in their last eight games, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks, but they still rank last in the American League overall with just 526 runs scored during the 2014 campaign.

It’s going to be difficult to get the offense going in this series, as second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to miss the next few games with concussion symptoms. He leads the squad with 44 multi-hit games.

 

A Major Opportunity
New York is set to begin its longest remaining homestand of the season, as it returns to Yankee Stadium after a disappointing 3-4 road trip, which came to an end by suffering a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday.  

The Bronx Bombers certainly need outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to return to the lineup after missing the last two games with an ankle injury, which can’t be ignored when looking over the MLB betting odds, as he hit .324 with five home runs in August.

MLB handicappers will find that the franchise is 18-15 as home favorites of -125 to -175 this season, with the 'under' going 21-11-1 in that situation.

 

Kelly
Red Sox starting pitcher Joe Kelly (2-3, 4.14 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-2 setback on the road to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he surrendered two runs and three hits over six innings of work.

The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA in eight road efforts this season—issuing 18 walks and striking out 28 batters in 41 combined frames.

Kelly has compiled a 1-1 record and 3.46 ERA in nine career games (six starts) versus AL clubs, as he prepares to face the Yankees for the first time.

 

Greene
Yankees starting pitcher Shane Greene (4-1, 3.09 ERA) has led the team to wins in his last five trips to the mound, including a 8-4 road victory over the Detroit Tigers last time out, as he gave up two runs and five hits over seven frames.

No club in baseball has started rookie pitchers in more games than New York in 2014, with the group putting together a 21-13 record and 3.58 ERA when starting contests.

In two career games (one start) versus the Red Sox, Greene has registered a 5.40 ERA.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for Red Sox vs. Yankees as one of their MLB picks, as the 'under' is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in this rivalry when played in the Big Apple.

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