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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/3/14

New York Yankees (55-53) at Boston Red Sox (49-60)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Fenway Park)

David Phelps (R) (5-5) (4.088) vs. Clay Buchholz (R) (5-7) (5.867)

The Line: Boston Red Sox -131 / New York Yankees +121 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox play a rubber game on Sunday night on ESPN at Fenway Park.

The Yankees are 6-5 in their last 11 games and three games above a .500 record. Struggling to stay alive in the playoff race, the Yankees pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in six of their last seven games. Overall, the Yankees have an ERA of 3.89 and have lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Mark Teixeira has homered twice in his last four games and Carlos Beltran has a hitting streak of nine straight. Starting is David Phelps, who is 5-5 with a 3.89 ERA and has 89 strikeouts in 106.1 innings. Phelps is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 10 career games against the Red Sox.

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/3/14

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The Red Sox have lost nine of their last 11 games and are 12 games below a .500 record. Neither side of the ball is playing well for the Red Sox, especially a pitching staff that has allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Red Sox have an ERA of 3.90 and have lost eight straight when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, David Ortiz has an RBI in four of his last five games and Dustin Pedroia has four straight multi-hit games. Clay Buchholz takes the hill, and he’s 5-7 with a 5.87 ERA and has 70 strikeouts in 96.2 innings. Buchholz is 5-6 with a 5.12 ERA in 13 career starts against the Red Sox.

The Yankees are 0-4 in Phelps' last 4 road starts and 2-5 in Phelps' last 7 starts overall. The Red Sox are 1-4 in Buchholzs last 5 home starts and 6-2 in Buchholzs last 8 home starts vs. a team with a winning record. The Red Sox are 1-4 in Buchholzs last 5 home starts vs. Yankees.

The Yankees have owned Bucholz in recent memory. The Yanks also have more to play for in this matchup. Give me NY and the plus money. 

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