New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/12/14
Boston Red Sox (4-6) at New York Yankees (5-5)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
John Lackey (R) (2-0) (1.385) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (1-1) (2.920)
The Line: New York Yankees -114 / Boston Red Sox +104 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
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The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will play game 3 of a four-game series on Saturday afternoon. The Red Sox tied the series up at one game apiece with a 4-2 victory on Friday.
The Red Sox have now won three of their last five games and are getting the job done with decent pitching. In Friday’s win, Jon Lester continued his dominance over the Yankees by striking out eight batters in seven innings and allowing just two runs. John Lackey is 2-0 this season with a 1.38 ERA and hopes to put up similar numbers in his third start. Against the Yankees in his career, Lackey is 10-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 27 career starts.
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The Yankees have lost three of their last four games and are getting very little offensive production at home. The Yankees have scored just 19 runs in five home games this season, which includes nine strikeouts in Friday’s loss. Knowing this, Hiroki Kuroda will have to be on his A game for New York to win. Kuroda is 1-1 this season with an ERA of 2.92, and he has nine strikeouts in 12.1 innings. Kuroda has started 12 career games against the Red Sox, and he’s 3-5 with a 4.05 ERA.
The Red Sox are 5-1 in Lackey's last 6 starts and 7-0 in Lackey's last 7 starts vs. American League East. The Yankees are 5-1 in Kuroda's last 6 home starts and 1-4 in Kuroda's last 5 starts. The Red Sox are 4-1 in Lackey's last 5 starts vs. Yankees.
With the way the Yankees have struggled to score runs at home and Lackey has had the Yankees number over his last several starts, there's value ingetting the Red Sox at plus money. That's the direction I'm going to go, as New York has been sleepwalking and doesnt' deserve to be a favorite at this point in the season.