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Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Free Pick- 8/16/13

New York Yankees (61-58) at Boston Red Sox (72-50)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)

Andy Pettitte (L) (7-9) (4.620) vs. Felix Doubront (L) (8-5) (3.375)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -175 / New York Yankees +160 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

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The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees face off on Friday in Boston in game one of their series.

The Boston Red Sox continue to lead the American League East but it looks like it is going to be a battle to the bitter end. The Red Sox are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 39-21 at home this season, and they have a two game lead in the AL East. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .273 with David Ortiz hitting .324, Jacoby Ellsbury is hitting .296, and Dustin Pedroia is hitting .293. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 3.82 with the starters at 3.87 and the bullpen at 3.71. For game one against the Yankees the Red Sox start Felix Doubront who had a no decision in his last start. For the season Doubront has allowed 125 hits and 53 earned runs while striking out 115 over 128 innings for a 8-5 record and a 3.66 ERA.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Free Pick- 8/16/13

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The New York Yankees are battling to get back into post-season contention and they have a chance to help themselves this weekend as they take on the Red Sox. The Yankees are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 28-31 on the road this season, and they are 8.5 games back in the AL East standings. As a team the Yankees are hitting .243With Robinson Cano hitting .300, Alfonso Soriano hitting .296, and Alex Rodriguez hitting .278. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.84 with the starting pitchers at 4.01 and the bullpen at 3.84. For game one at Fenway Park the Yankees start Andy Pettitte who has lost his last three decisions. For the season Pettitte has allowed 149 hits and 64 earned runs while striking out 87 over 124.2 innings for a 7-9 record and a 4.62 ERA.

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Boston is 20-7 in their last 27 home games, 2-6 in their last eight games against a left-handed starter, and 6-2 in Doubront’s last eight starts as a home favorite. New York is 4-1 in their last five games, 4-11 in their last road games against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in Pettitte’s last five starts. New York is 9-4 in their last 13 games in Boston.

I expect some scoring here and my first free pick is on the over. I also have a free pick on the winning side and I will give out that Free Pick on Friday’s 1stQuarter Podcast.

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Over 9

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