Yankees Hitters Lead to Run-Line Winner vs. Red Sox

Willie Bee

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 12:16 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 8, 2018 12:16 PM UTC

A great race is taking place in the AL East where Boston and New York are a game apart, and we have a free baseball pick for their series opener on Tuesday night.

Boston Red Sox (25-9 SU, 18-15-1 O/U) at NY Yankees (24-10 SU, 20-13-1 O/U)Free MLB Pick: Yankees -1½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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It is shaping up to be another classic race between Boston and New York, much like what the teams gave us in 1949 and 1978. The Yankees would love for repeats of those two seasons since they edged the Red Sox by a game to make the playoffs each time, but it’s the Boston side with a 1-game lead over New York as the rivals prepare for a 3-game set in the Bronx.

Following off days for both squads Monday, the series gets underway Tuesday with a 7:05 PM (ET) first pitch on MLB Network. Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 6.14) gets the call for Boston against Luis Severino (5-1, 2.11), and a quick check of the baseball odds board reveals New York carrying substantial chalk with a money line around -200. With both sides favoring the ‘over’ on the year, Tuesday’s scoreboard target is 8½.

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Lots of innings. Lots of strikeouts. A little bit of history.@RedSox relievers put in work to earn Bullpen of the Week honors: https://t.co/hgBSIL8SQt #PrevailingMoments pic.twitter.com/Yj8IbCuSBz

— MLB (@MLB) May 7, 2018

Severino vs. Benintendi Key Matchup

This stop in New York is the middle leg of a 10-game road trip for the Sox that began by taking 3 of 4 in Texas and culminates this weekend in Toronto. Pomeranz pitched well enough to garner his first win of the campaign just before the team left Boston, allowing three runs over six innings against the Royals in a 5-4 decision as a -180 favorite at Bookmaker. The southpaw got a late start to the campaign due to an injury during spring training and missed the Yankees when they came through Beantown a month ago. Pomeranz made three starts at Yankee Stadium last season, winning two with a 4.24 ERA.

Severino was outstanding last week in Houston, going the distance to blank the Astros in a 4-0 win as small road chalk. He whiffed a season-high 10 as New York won for the sixth time in his seven assignments. That lone loss came at Fenway last month, the Red Sox knocking the Dominican around for five runs over five innings in a 14-1 laugher. He’s a perfect 3-0 in as many starts at Yankee Stadium in 2018, but has struggled against Andrew Benintendi during their encounters (8-for-16, 2 HR).

Rivalry Notes, Mother Nature & Free Pick

The evenness of this rivalry in recent years might not quite live up to the dead-level nature of Duke-North Carolina, but it’s close. After dropping 2 of 3 in Boston earlier this season, New York holds a very slim 86-84 advantage since the start of the ’09 campaign, going 44-41 at the new Bronx ballpark. The Yanks were 6-4 vs. the Red Sox on this diamond last season, totals splitting down the middle.

The weather should cooperate for the entire series with clear skies and the low 60s for tonight’s tussle. New York’s lineup should rake against Pomeranz, so I’m going with a free MLB pick on the run line.

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