Yankees Are MLB Betting Favorites Against Red Sox on Tuesday Night

Posted by Henry Watkins on Tuesday,May 8, 2018 12:49, EDT in

The first goal of every team in the MLB is to win their division, as that guarantees some time spent in the postseason. While most teams would say that they would love to open up a big lead and cruise to a pennant, the reality is that being forced to fight your way to a division title might be the better way to go, as it makes you a little more prepared for what is to come in the postseason, no matter what the MLB betting odds end up saying.

The AL East is certainly looking as though it is going to be a dogfight all the way, with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees dunking it out like the heavyweights they are. Most pro-baseball betting fans outside of Boston and New York have a general distaste for both of those teams, but they will also readily admit that there is no better rivalry in baseball. It certainly makes things more dramatic when both teams are playing well, which they are right now, so expect some fireworks in this series.

Boston at New York MLB Betting Preview & Prediction

  • When: Tuesday, May 8 at 7:05 PM EST
  • Where: Yankee Stadium, New York
  • Starting Pitchers: Drew Pomeranz vs. Luis Severino
  • TV: MLBN
  • Radio: Boston WEEI 93.8 / New York WADO 1280
  • Live Stream: MLB.tv
  • MLB Betting Odds: New York Yankees -235 (Over/Under at 8)

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Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Runs: Boston Red Sox 5.30 / New York Yankees 4.60
  • Hits: Boston Red Sox 7.90 / New York Yankees 9.10
  • Walks: Boston Red Sox 3.80 / New York Yankees 3.10
  • Strike Outs: Boston Red Sox 8.90 / New York Yankees 9.40

Why bet on the Boston Red Sox?

The Red Sox came storming out of the gate to start the season, and while they have cooled off a little, they still have the best record in the American League by a rather comfortable margin. One of the main reasons why the Red Sox have been able to excel in the early part of the season is because they have been playing great ball on the road, putting together a 14-5 record away from Fenway Park. It also helps that they have dominated in games against opponents in their own division, going 14-5 versus teams in the AL East.

Boston has hammered in 192 runs thus far, good enough for 2nd in the league, and they are also getting great pitching from their starting rotation. The starters have delivered 21 quality starts, also good enough for 2nd. It will be Drew Pomeranz (1-1, 6.14 ERA) who will get just his 4th start of the season.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 5.65
  • Hits: 9.62
  • Walks: 3.12
  • Strike Outs: 7.53

Defense

  • Runs: 3.68
  • Hits: 7.88
  • Walks: 2.74
  • Strike Outs: 10.03

Why bet on the New York Yankees?

There is no team hotter in the MLB right now than the Yankees, and they are going to be looking at this series as their chance to finally take control of the division. The Yankees are coming into this week on a 6-game winning streak, which means that they have now won 15 of their last 16 games.

Playing at home, the Yankees look like a safe MLB Betting pick.

Were it not for a bit of a slow start for the Yankees, they would already be starting to pull away at the top. It’s perhaps no real surprise that the Yankees are the top scorers in MLB, but it may be a little surprising that it is Didi Gregorius who is leading the way with 10 HR and 30 RBI. There are a lot of offensive players pulling their weight, though, which suggests this team is going to remain potent. It will be Luis Severino (5-1, 2.11 ERA) who gets the start for the Yankees.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Runs: 5.79
  • Hits: 8.50
  • Walks: 4.29
  • Strike Outs: 9.50

Defense

  • Runs: 3.97
  • Hits: 7.47
  • Walks: 3.06
  • Strike Outs: 10.44

Latest MLB Betting Trends

  • Boston is 2-1 against NY Yankees this season
  • NY Yankees are 76-38 against the money line in home games at night over the last 3 seasons
  • 2 of 2 games in this series have gone Over the Total this season
  • Pomeranz is 2-2 when starting against NY Yankees with an ERA of 3.47 and a WHIP of 1.378
  • Severino is 2-5 when starting against Boston with an ERA of 4.77 and a WHIP of 1.081

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

We have what appears to be a bit of a pitching mismatch here, as Pomeranz is struggling to find his footing in the early going. I think the Yankees can chase him early on their way to a comfortable win.

Score: Boston Red Sox 2 – New York Yankees 6