MLB Free Pick: Boston Bats Behind Run-Line Play at Yankees

Boston Red Sox

Willie Bee

Sunday, August 13, 2017 5:30 PM GMT

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 5:30 PM GMT

Red Sox hitters have not supported Chris Sale this year when he faces the Yankees, but they’ll come through tonight as solid favorites on the MLB odds in New York.

August has treated the Red Sox kindly so far, Boston winning eight of its first nine this month, and with a tough week ahead of them, they’d love to come off this road trip with a series-clinching win against the rival New York Yankees. Their chances look good according to the wagering options for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast, the Red Sox favored around -170 behind Chris Sale (14-4, 2.57). New York sends rookie Jordan Montgomery (7-6, 4.05) to the bump with an 8 run total for the tilt.

Aaron Hicks provided the pop and the defense in New York’s 5-4 win on Friday, BetOnline closing the Yankees -123. Andrew Benintendi sparked a pair of big innings with a couple of 3-run homers Saturday to help the Red Sox level the set in a 10-5 decision. New York leads the season series 7-4 with totals running 4-1 O/U in The House That George Built.

 

Is 3rd Time The Charm For Sale Vs. Yanks?

Boston has won Sale’s last four starts, and the southpaw is currently working on a string of 22 consecutive scoreless innings on the road. He was money earlier this week at Tampa Bay, whitewashing the Rays over eight frames as hefty -210 chalk on the MLB odds. Sale has pitched well enough to have won both of his starts against the Yankees this year, but received almost no support as Boston lost both gems (15.2 combined innings, 2 ER). Both of those games took place in Boston, and Sale is 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA in four starts in New York.

The acquisitions of Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia bumped Montgomery off the big league roster and down to the minors a week ago, but he quickly returns to the Bronx in the rotation slot opened up by CC Sabathia’s trip to the DL. It was a mixed bag in the former Gamecock’s first 21 assignments the Yankees splitting his 10 starts at home where Montgomery has a 3.95 ERA. His lone experience against the BoSox came at Fenway where he only got through the fourth on 96 tosses having allowed three runs.

 Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

With four ‘over’ winners in his last five plate assignments, Laz Diaz brings a 13-10 O/U record on the season into the series finale. Sunday’s contest marks his first appearance at Yankee Stadium in 2017, and his last four games behind the mask here have resulted in splits for both New York and the totals.

There isn’t anything to worry about in this game as far as the weather goes, unless you don’t like warm and muggy with the forecast calling for the thermometer to still be in the low-80s with a light left-to-right breeze. I’m liking Boston bats enough to make my free baseball pick on the run line.

Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -1½ (+105)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
 
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