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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 4/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Date & Time Wednesday April 17, 2019, 6:35 PM (EDT)
Yankee Stadium
New York, New York
The Line
New York Yankees -115 / Boston Red Sox +105 O/U: 9.5
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The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will meet up on the MLB diamond to conclude their quick two-game set Wednesday.

In the Tuesday opener, New York secured two runs in both the third and fourth innings, then got three more in the sixth on the way to a big 8-0 victory.

For Wednesday’s game, the Sox will be going with Nathan Eovaldi in the start. Over his 15.0 innings without a decision thus far, Eovaldi has an 8.40 ERA with 10 Ks and 10 walks.

In the defeat Tuesday, the Red Sox could only muster three hits as a team. Jackie Bradley, Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez each had a knock for Boston in that one.

Over on the Yankees’ side, they’re sending out JA Happ on Wednesday. In his 12.1 innings and 0-2 mark this year so far, Happ has an 8.76 ERA with 13 Ks and five walks.

In the Tuesday game, New York’s Mike Tauchman put up a big line, bagging two hits, four RBI and a three-run homer. Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres managed solo shots for the Yankees in that one as well.

The Red Sox are 36-16 in their last 52 Wednesday games and 4-0 in Eovaldi’s last four road starts. Boston is 5-0 in Eovaldi’s last five starts and 4-1 in his last five starts versus a team with a losing record.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 12-5 in their last 17 in game two of a series and 2-8 in their last 10 Wednesday games. New York is 1-4 in Happ’s last five home starts and the over is 5-1 in his last six home starts.

Eovaldi has put up one decent start (5.0 innings; three earned) and two pretty ugly starts (10.0 innings; 11 earned combined) so far this year, which stands in stark contrast to the solid way he closed out last season.

Happ hasn’t been very good either (4.0 innings; six earned his last time up) and hasn’t gotten out of the fifth inning in any of his starts yet.

Neither of these teams has been as advertised this season so far, and they may be looking up at Tampa in the standings for a while. I’m not thrilled about either side here and this is probably a coin-flip game, but since Boston seems to play better behind Eovaldi than the Yankees do Happ, I’m taking the Red Sox.

Boston Red Sox +105

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