New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 8/11/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Red Sox (65-49) at New York Yankees (60-52)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3) (4.08) vs. J Garcia (5-8) (4.49)
The Line: New York Yankees -110 / Boston Red Sox +100 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, NESN
Out at Yankee Stadium in the Big Apple on Friday, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will be kicking off their MLB weekend rivalry series.
The Red Sox are fresh off a set against the Rays. Boston won on Tuesday 2-0 and Wednesday 8-2. The Sox have now won eight straight games.
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Boston will be rolling out LHP Eduardo Rodriguez for the start on Friday. In his 81.2 innings and 4-3 record this year, Rodriguez has a 4.08 ERA with 89 Ks and 32 BBs.
Boston has some great bats this year. Mookie Betts leads the way on 122 hits, 75 runs, 18 homers and 70 RBI, while Xander Bogaerts is second on the team with 114 hits alongside 58 runs, six homers and 43 RBI.
As for the Yankees, they just finished up against the Blue Jays. The two teams split the first pair of games, then on Thursday the Yankees lost the series with a 4-0 defeat.
New York will be going with LHP Jaime Garcia on Friday. In his 124.1 innings and 5-8 record this season, Garcia has a 4.49 ERA with 96 Ks and 48 BBs.
The Yankees have a few key hitters as well. Aaron Judge came into Thursday with 113 hits, 86 runs, 35 homers and 78 RBI, while Didi Gregorius had 109 hits, 49 runs, 18 homers and 55 RBI. Judge and Gregorius each had one hit on Thursday.
The Red Sox are 8-0 in their last eight overall, and 8-1 in their last nine Friday games. Boston is also 7-1 in their last eight games following an off day, and 4-1 in their last five versus the AL East.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 48-20 in their last 68 home games following a road trip of seven or more days, and 1-4 in their last five games versus a left-handed starter. The under is 4-1-1 in the Yankees’ last six home games, and 5-2 in the Yankees’ last seven during game one of a series.
After a nice run of starts, Rodriguez has been a little sketchy lately. In his last five outings, he’s given up four or more earned in three of them. As for Garcia, he snapped a string of three quality starts in his last appearance in Cleveland, giving up five earned on five hits in 4.2 innings. I’m not too thrilled about either pitcher here, but considering the way Boston has played over the last week or so, I don’t feel weird picking the Red Sox for a win in the opener.