Red Sox Worthy Of A Double Dip On Money & Run Line

Pitcher David Price in action

Swinging Johnson

Saturday, September 17, 2016 2:37 PM UTC

Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016 2:37 PM UTC

Yankees postseason aspirations are sinking with each passing loss and they will need to win the remaining two games at Fenway Park if they are to stay competitive for a wildcard berth. Let's review the MLB odds in this AL East showdown this afternoon.

The only person interested in hearing about bad beats is the person telling the story. Therefore, I won't bore you with the details of my near miss with the LA Angels as a heavy home dog against the Mariners on Wednesday night. We backed LA in our MLB picks that evening and it seems like I simply cannot get a dog to bite for me lately. When the dust settled the Angels fell 2-1 and despite getting a healthy return from the MLB odds makers, we got a whole lot of nothing because there is no value in losing.

After a two-day baseball sabbatical, I am back with not only this storied rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees but I also have another write-up featuring the Cardinals and the Giants tonight. Go check it out and let's see if we can make it a twin-kill Saturday.


Sox Smell Blood
The Red Sox summoned the ALCS ghosts of 2004 when they made a Lazarus-like comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning on Thursday night with a whopping five runs to defeat the visitors 7-5 in the first of four at Fenway. Last night the final score was almost identical but without nearly the drama. The Red Sox came away 7-4 victors and stayed two games in front of both the Orioles and the Blue Jays. The Yankees meanwhile sank further down the AL East standings and are now six games removed from first place and 3 ½ games out of the wildcard bidding.

This afternoon the Red Sox will trot out the alleged ace that they bought in the offseason for the bargain basement price of $217 million over seven years. David Price has had a tough time adjusting to the white-hot spotlight that is Boston sports but it appears as though he is rounding into form when it really counts. Since August 12th Price has won all seven starts and has a 2.16 ERA during that span. The Boston brass must be exhaling after paying out that enormous sum and finally getting what they bargained for in a bona fide ace.


Betting Analysis
The Yankees will be starting young Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 2.46, 1.91) for just the third time this season and he will try to rebound after getting lit up by the Dodgers in his last outing. LA torched Mitchell for six runs (two earned) on eight hits in just two plus innings of an 8-2 setback on Monday night. Mitchell wasn't exactly setting the world on fire in Triple-A either with a 4.29 ERA. But the Yankees need starters and Mitchell is the man for them tonight.

Let's not overthink this one. The best offense in baseball has been smoking and Hanley Ramirez has led the way with five home runs and 10 RBI over his last seven games including a thrilling walk-off blast in the ninth inning of Friday night's stunning comeback. David Price is pitching like the Cy Young Award winner he was back in 2012 and the five-time All-Star that he is. The 31-year-old southpaw has been lighting out and is backed by an offense that has been topping all season and has scored seven or more runs in six of their last nine games.

This is a double dipper for me, kids. You know I ordinarily despise run lines but this should be a Boston blowout which is why I will not only lay the heavy lumber but will also back the Sox -1 ½ runs here. One team is soaring while the other team is fading. Let's bury the Red Sox while we watch them bury the Yankees.


Free MLB Pick: Red Sox -240 & Red Sox -1 ½ (-125)
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes
Swinger's MLB Record: 74-51, +20.18 units

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