If Rain Stops, Red Sox Will Stop Yankees

Boston Red Sox batter in action

Willie Bee

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:52 PM GMT

Mother Nature is hampering the first series of the season between the Red Sox and Yankees, and that delayed the MLB odds from being released for their Wednesday clash.

Knocked out of action by a saturating rain and high winds on Tuesday, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will try to renew their old rivalry again tonight with ESPN scheduled to begin its broadcast at 7 PM (ET).

After some indecision, both teams chose to come back with their original starting pitchers in Tuesday's tilt, Luis Severino for New York against Boston's Rick Porcello. Neither team made those decisions in time for this one to go out on the overnight lines; however, we have a good idea where it will land at many of SBR's top sports books based on Tuesday's wagering action, my guesstimation being Boston around -135 with 8 or 8½ for the total.

 

Will Extra Day Off Help Either Starter?

Severino has strung together a couple of impressive outings, each time as chalk on the MLB odds against the Rays and White Sox. The Dominican posted double-digit strikeouts each time to compile a very nice 27:2 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year. He has been stung by the long ball, though, giving up twice as many homers as walks in three assignments. A start and a relief outing at Fenway Park the past couple of seasons yielded a 9.53 ERA in 5.2 innings.

Porcello bounced back from a shelling at the hands of Tampa Bay with seven good innings at Toronto last Wednesday. The defense let him down, however, to send him to a 2nd-straight loss. The New Jersey native will be working on an extra day of rest this time, and the Yankees were 6-3 with Porcello pitching to a 3.54 ERA in those situations last year. Jacoby Ellsbury has been the toughest out for him over the years, the New York outfielder and former Boston star batting .387 (12-31) with four solo homers.

 

Series Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

The teams head into Wednesday's clash dead-even since the start of the 2008 campaign, each side notching 83 wins. Boston is 10-9 the last two seasons at Fenway Park, totals also running pretty level at 8-9-2 O/U/P in that stretch. The Red Sox have been paying off for 'under' bettors this season with 12 of their 19 contests failing to reach the totals, the Yankees showing a slight 'over' lean at 11-7.

The entire Boston area got soaked yesterday, with wind gust in the 30-40 mph range, and it's supposed to remain damp today with rain chances shrinking to 20% at a game time and then increasing later in the evening. The umps will do everything they can to make sure this game gets in or at least becomes official, so maybe a 5-inning wager is the way to go with this one. I'm liking Boston for my free baseball pick.

 

Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -1.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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