Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees - 8/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (72-57) at Boston Red Sox (60-70)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Fenway Park)
I Nova (5-6) (4.50) vs. Eduardo Rodriguez (7-5) (4.39)
The Line: Boston Red Sox -125 / New York Yankees +115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees face off on Monday at Fenway Park in game one of their MLB rivalry series of American League East teams.
The Boston Red Sox have been playing decent baseball of late but they are still in last place in the AL East standings. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 33-32 at home, and they are 14 games back in the AL East standings. As a team the Red Sox are hitting .264 with Xander Bogaerts hitting .315, Dustin Pedroia hitting .287, and Brock Holt hitting .283. The Red Sox pitching staff has an ERA of 4.53 with the starters at 4.67 and the bullpen at 4.28. For game one against the Yankees the Red Sox start Eduardo Rodriguez who has allowed 87 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 69 over 92.1 innings for a 7-5 record and a 4.39 ERA.
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The New York Yankees are battling out atop the American League East but currently they are just the top Wildcard team in the AL. The Yankees are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 35-31 on the road, and they are 1.5 games behind he Blue Jays in the AL East. As a team the Yankees are hitting .253 with Chase Headley hitting .277, Brett Gardener hitting .272, and Didi Gregorious hitting .263. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 3.94 with the starters at 4.30 and the bullpen at 3.32. For game one at Boston the Yankees start Ivan Nova who has allowed 60 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 39 over 62 innings for a 5-6 record and a 4.50 ERA.
Boston is 4-1 in game one of a series, 7-3 following a loss, and 5-2 in Rodriguez’s last seven starts as a favorite. New York is 6-1 in their last seven road games, 2-5 in their last seven games as an underdog, and 3-7 in Nova’s last 10 starts against the AL East. New York has won six of their last seven games in Boston.
The Red Sox are playing well but the Yankees are the better team making them the choice here.