Pick Red Sox Straight Up Over Yankees for MLB Betting

Jeff Grant

Thursday, September 25, 2014 10:59 PM GMT

The New York Yankees are coming off an emotional night in the Bronx, which provides the Boston Red Sox a major edge over their biggest rivals in a series-opening contest at Fenway Park.

RE2PECT
Derek Jeter has played in just two games as a member of the New York Yankees with the franchise mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but he provided a memorable moment by collecting a walk-off single in a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles as -128 home favorites Thursday.

The longtime Yankees captain is expected to pinch hit or serve as the team’s designated hitter in his final series before retirement, which is important to consider when looking over the MLB odds, as he owns a .364 average in his last 17 games at this ballpark.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 126-95 when playing against an opponent with a losing record.

 

Producing Runs
Boston will finish in last place in the American League East standings for the second time in three years, but the club has scored 22 combined runs in winning its last two games, while the OVER is on a 3-0 run to open up its final homestand.

The Red Sox are 6-10 against the Bronx Bombers this season, which can’t be ignored when making your MLB predictions, especially since they’ll likely send out a youthful lineup with many key players being injured.

It’s important to point out that designated hitter David Ortiz will likely be shelved for the rest of the year with a left wrist injury, while the squad is 5-16 at home with MLB moneyline odds of -100 to -125.

 

Capuano
Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.67 ERA) has produced a 1-2 record and 3.65 ERA in four road starts since joining the Yankees, as he looks to bounce back from a 6-3 home loss to the Toronto Blue Jays last time out.

The left-hander began the year with the Red Sox and made 28 relief appearances before being designated for assignment on June 25 and ultimately released on July 1.

In three career games versus one of his former teams, Capuano is 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA.

 

Wright
Steven Wright (0-0, 3.38 ERA) will be making just his 10 career appearance and second start in this matchup, as he’s worked 16 innings out of the bullpen and allowed opponents to hit .274 against him this year.

The knuckleballer will be facing the Yankees for the first time, but he’s produced a 1.13 ERA in two lifetime appearances versus American League East opponents.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Red Sox as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 54-25 when scoring four or more runs this season—a number that’s certainly achievable against an emotionally-spent Yankees squad.

MLB Pick:  Boston Red Sox

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