MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IApril 11, 2014

MLB Picks: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia was 2-2 with a 7.22 ERA in five outings against the Boston Red Sox last season, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Friday, as the two teams face off at Yankee Stadium.

    Sports bettors will find that the Yankees are plus-110 home underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 8.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League East matchup from a betting perspective, while offering up a prediction along the way.

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum 

Boston Red Sox

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    The Boston Red Sox have alternated wins and losses over their last five games. On Friday, they will attempt to bounce back from Thursday's 4-1 road defeat to New York.

    Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester has compiled a 0-2 record and 2.51 ERA in his first two starts this season. 

New York Yankees

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    The New York Yankees are 4-7 as home underdogs of plus-100 to plus-125 over the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 6-5 in that situation.

    Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia has gone 8-7 with a 5.03 ERA in his last 20 outings against the Boston Red Sox. 


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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total, as the OVER is 4-1 in CC Sabathia's last five home starts in this rivalry.

    Pick: Over 8.5 Runs

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