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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees
Date & Time Friday May 31, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
The Line
New York Yankees -119 / Boston Red Sox +110
TV Channel
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The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees meet in AL East division action from Yankee Stadium in an MLB matchup on Friday.

The Boston Red Sox will look to get back on track after Thursday’s opener was postponed, following a series loss to Cleveland with a 14-9 defeat in the rubber match on Wednesday. Andrew Benintendi went 2 for 5 with a home run, a double and three RBIs while Xander Bogaerts had a home run and two RBIs. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had a solo home run with Bradley Jr. going 3 for 4 with a double. Christian Vazquez went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Brock Holt had a double and an RBI as well to round out Boston’s scoring as a team in the win. Rafael Devers added a base hit as well in the winning effort for the BoSox. Ryan Weber took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing seven runs on eight hits over four innings of work. Chris Sale will start Friday’s matchup and is 1-6 with a 4.19 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. In his career, Sale is 6-5 with a 1.87 ERA and 136 strikeouts against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees will look to pick up some steam after winning their series against San Diego, taking the series finale by a final score of 7-0. Gleyber Torres had a home run and two RBIs while DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit and Gio Urshela each had solo homers with Voit going 2 for 5 with a triple as well. Brett Gardner added an RBI while Cameron Maybin went 2 for 4 at the dish and Austin Romine added a base hit as well in the victory. James Paxton threw four shutout innings, striking out seven, not factoring in the decision. Jonathan Holder picked up the win in relief to improve to 4-2 this season. J.A. Happ will start game one and is 4-3 with a 5.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 8-4 with a 3.05 ERA and 99 strikeouts against Boston.

Boston is 3-8 in Sale’s last 11 starts and 12-5 in their last 17 road games while the under is 8-0 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record. New York is 4-0 in Happ’s last 4 starts and 35-17 in their last 52 games overall while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 home games.

It’s tempting to take Boston and the plus money with Sale on the mound as he’s probably due to turn the corner. However, the Yankees have been one of the hottest teams in the majors over the last little while and all the Yankees have done with Happ on the mound lately is win. I’ll lay the juice with New York here in a game that’s probably better to just watch rather than bet.

New York Yankees -119

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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