New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/28/14
Boston Red Sox (36-43) at New York Yankees (40-37)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Jon Lester (L) (8-7) (3.142) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (R) (11-2) (2.110)
The Line: New York Yankees -145 / Boston Red Sox +135 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees meet Saturday night on national television.
The Red Sox are back to their losing ways, as they’ve lost six of their last eight games. The Red Sox pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in five straight games and are watching their season ERA of 3.78 drop quickly. However, the Red Sox offense hasn’t been much better, getting shutout by the Yanks on Friday and scoring three or fewer runs in 11 of their last 13 games. David Ortiz has seven RBI in his last nine games. Jon Lester takes the mound, and he’s 8-7 with a 3.14 ERA and has 109 strikeouts in 106 innings. Lester is 12-6 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 career starts against the Yankees.
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The Yankees have won six of their last 10 games are staying in the AL East hunt. The Yankees offense has picked up the pace, producing five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Yankees have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Mark Teixeira has three homers in his last six games and Jacoby Ellsbury has six hits in his last three games. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05. Starting is Masahiro Tanaka, who is 11-2 with a 2.11 ERA and has 119 strikeouts in 106.2 innings. This is Tanaka’s second career start against the Red Sox.
The Red Sox are 5-1 in Lesters last 6 starts and 5-2 in Lesters last 7 road starts. The Yankees are 6-1 in Tanakas last 7 home starts and 10-2 in Tanakas last 12 starts as a favorite. The Red Sox are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in New York.
It should be illegal to bet against Tanaka until further notice. We'll let you know when it's time to jump off this NY money train. But until then, keep cashing those checks and getting paid off the AL Rookie of the Year.