Boston Red Sox (33-23) at New York Yankees (31-23)
Two Hated Rivals
The New York Yankees can’t be happy about the fact that the Red Sox have recaptured 1st place in the American East Division. After all, this is the most fiercest rivalry in all of baseball. New York has managed to surprise most of the baseball world by even being near the top of the division with all of the injuries that they have suffered, but this series is personal. Let's look at what kind of baseball betting odds the bookies have in store for us.
A Much Needed Win
The Yankees are coming off of a 4-1 victory over Boston in the 1st game of this series. The Yanks desperately needed C.C Sabathia to pitch like an ace and he delivered.
Mark Teixeira has finally returned to the Yankees starting lineup and they’re starting to get back to full force. Kevin Youkilis has recovered from an injury that had him sidelined, was a major contributor in yesterday’s win, and this series could get heated up.
Hughes vs. Doubront
In this pitching matchup, there is no clear cut edge. Phil Hughes (2-3, 4.97) can look like Tom Seaver one outing and the next game he looks like he belongs in the minors leagues. Hughes is coming off of a 7 inning performance against the Mets in which he only allowed 1 run on 4 hits. He’s been so inconsistent all season and the Red Sox have such a formidable offense that clearly you don’t what we’ll see out of Hughes.
Aside from two really poor outing that have elevated his ERA, Felix Doubront has been a reliable starting pitcher. He does just enough for the Red Sox offense to decide the outcome of the game.
In each of his last 2 starts, Doubront has pitched 6 innings and given up 2 runs. The Red Sox would definitely accept this type of performance from the left-hander in tonight’s game.
After a 5 steal game on Thursday, Jacoby Ellsbury’s status is up in the air with a groin injury. Normally, I’d say that this is a real blow for the Sox, but Dustin Pedroia (.336 BA) and Mike Napoli (40 RBI’s) are tearing the cover off of the ball. Pitching against Boston will be a tall order for Hughes.
The OVER appears to be the play here as the offenses are stronger than the starting pitching. The ball could also carry at a “home run friendly” Yankee Stadium in the scorching heat.
Washington Nationals (28-27) at Atlanta Braves (32-22)
Low Scoring Affair?
The Nationals are coming off of a 3-2 victory over the Braves on Friday and starting pitching might dominate here as veteran Tim Hudson (4-4, 5.37) takes the mound for Atlanta as he squares off against Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.90).
Both of these teams have very weak offenses. The Braves are merely average in run production and don’t hit for average (.246 as a team) while the Nationals are near the bottom in the league in almost every offensive statistical category. The Nats are 26th in the league in runs, 28th in batting average, and 29th in on-base percentage.
Both teams have individual players such as Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman that can step up at anytime, but overall, you won’t see a lot of offense out of either team even if the starting pitching is just average.
Even though Tim Hudson and Gio Gonzalez haven’t had seasons like they’ve had in the past, both pitchers have been very successful throughout their careers. Hudson has 201 career wins and is almost 100 games over the .500 mark while Gonzalez is coming off of a 21 win season.
Look for starting pitching to take control in this game and the betting total of 7.5 runs is reasonable where the UNDER is concerned.
Pick- Washington/Atlanta UNDER 7.5 -120 for your MLB picks.
Good Luck, everyone!