MLB Picks: Red Sox vs. Yankees Odds & Analysis

Joe Freda

Sunday, June 2, 2013 12:53 PM GMT

Sunday ‘s MLB betting features a marquee finale between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, with sports odds makers expecting a close contest.

Both clubs have slated right-handed starters, with New York’s Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.39 ERA) facing Boston’s Clay Buchholz (7-0, 1.73 ERA).

Red Sox even set in rout

Boston stormed back from dropping Friday’s opener with Saturday night’s 11-1 triumph over the Yankees, cashing as a 106 road dog for my followers. Red Sox catcher Mike Napoli cracked a grand slam as part of his 3-for-5 outing, jumping his side out to an early 5-0 lead.

Boston’s Daniel Nava and Stephen Drew poked one long ball each, while outfielder Jackie Bradley drilled a pair of doubles from the lineup’s No. 9 hole. Yankees outfielders Brett Gardner and Vernon Wells were both held to 0-for-4 nights, while mates Kevin Youkilis and Mark Teixeira struck out three times each. 

The lopsided affair’s combined 12 runs flew above the ‘total’ of nine, lifting the OVER to 3-2 in this year’s five meetings between the rivals.  New York’s Chris Stewart drove in his squad’s sole run, while the Yankees were outslugged in hits, 18-6. 

Kuroda has stingy night blown 

Kuroda came away with a no-decision in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat for the Yankees, falling short as a 116 road dog. The Osaka native gave up four hits over seven frames, tossing seven strikeouts en route to holding the Mets scoreless. 

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera logged his first blown save of the year, giving up the tying and go-ahead runs in the ninth inning. Rivera’s mate Brett Gardiner recorded a throwing error in the frame, allowing one of the runs as unearned. 

Buchholz tops Chi-Sox 

Buchholz has been idle since May 22, notching his latest win as 140 road ‘chalk’ against the Chicago White Sox. Boston’s 6-2 victory in that affair saw the 28-year-old give up one run over seven innings, allowing five hits and three walks. 

Red Sox mates David Ortiz and Daniel Nava drove in two runs each, while Mike Napoli walked three times in a 1-for-2 night. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia poked his 12th double of the year, finishing 1-for-4.

Back the Red Sox on Sunday 

Bet365 opened Kuroda as a 117 home favorite, while early wagers on Boston dropped the MLB odds to minus 114. The ‘total’ was first set at eight, with a minus 120 lean to the UNDER. 

I am backing Buchholz and the Red Sox here as short dogs, staying on the “Beantown” train from Saturday’s cashed ticket. 

Buchholz held the Yankees to one run over seven innings in April’s 7-4 victory for Boston as a 110 road dog. New York has gone just 1-4 in its last five matchups against right-handed starters, while Buchholz enters the spot on extended rest.

Kuroda has been stingy at home, but faces his share of capable bats here. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia has a 7-for-15 career mark against the righty, while coming in with a warm bat after hitting 4-for-9 in the set’s first two matchups. 

The Red Sox have cashed at 5-1 in their last six spots facing right-handed starters, while hitting a solid .277 against righties on the road. Look for Boston to collect again here in a rare underdog spot for Buchholz’ arm. 

Free Picks: Boston Red Sox +104 at Bet365 

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