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New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox - 5/8/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston Red Sox (25-9) at New York Yankees (24-10)
Date & Time Tuesday May 8, 2018, 7:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: New York Yankees -202 / Boston Red Sox +187 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Boston Red Sox (25-9) at New York Yankees (24-10)
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One of the oldest rivalries in baseball resumes on Tuesday as the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees duke it out in game one of a three game set from Yankee Stadium.

The Boston Red Sox will be looking to keep their momentum going after winning the last three games of their four game set against the Texas Rangers, including the series finale by a final score of 6-1 on Sunday. Sandy Leon led the BoSox, going 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs, while J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a solo home run and a double. Mitch Moreland went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Xander Bogaerts added a run as well to round out the scoring for Boston in the win. Mookie Betts, Blake Swihart and Eduardo Nunez all added base hits as well to cap off the offensive output for the Red Sox as well. Chris Sale got the win to improve to 3-1 this season after allowing one run on four hits while striking out 12 over seven innings of work. Drew Pomeranz will start game one and is 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pomeranz is 3-2 with a 3.33 ERA and 50 strikeouts against New York. 

The New York Yankees will look to stay hot after winning 15 of their last 16 games, completing the three game sweep of Cleveland with a 7-4 win on Sunday in the series finale. Gleyber Torres led the Yanks with three RBIs, coming on his walk-off home run, while Aaron Judge added two RBIs and a double, while Neil Walker added a two-bagger and an RBI of his own. Brett Gardner chipped in an RBI to round out the scoring for New York in the win, while Aaron Hicks went 2 for 4 with a double. Domingo German had quite the first career major league start, taking a no-hitter into the 6th, striking out nine, not factoring in the decision. Chasen Shreve ended up with the win to climb to 2-0 this season. Luis Severino will start game one and is 5-1 with a 2.11 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. In his career, Severino is 2-5 with a 4.82 ERA and 51 strikeouts against Boston. 

Boston is 10-4 in Pomeranz’s last 14 road starts and 42-20 in their last 62 games overall while the over is 21-5-2 in their last 28 series opening matchups. New York is 21-5 in Severino’s last 26 starts and 14-3 in their last 17 games following a win while the over is 12-4 in their last 16 home games. Boston is 5-1 in Pomeranz’s last 6 starts against New York. 

The plus money is tempting with Boston, considering you rarely get a sold division leader at this kind of plus money and Severino has had struggles in the past with the Red Sox. However, the Yankees are the hottest team in baseball, and you could argue that Severino has been pitching like New York’s ace in the first month of the season. Regardless of the price, I think you have to ride the hot hand of New York until it starts to cool off, so I’ll side with the Yankees to draw first blood on Tuesday.

New York Yankees -202

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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