Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 8 (7/8): MLB

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 8 (7/8): MLB

Credit: photo by Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 7:10 p.m. EST
Yankees money line -135
Yankees run line -1.5 (+105)
Red Sox money line +122
Red Sox run line +1.5 (-125)
Over / under 9.5

 

Key stats

  New York Yankees  Boston Red Sox
Record 60-23 45-38
Road / home record 26-14 21-19
Last 10 record 7-3 3-7
Streak W2 L3
Over / under record 36-44-3 33-41-9
Runs / game 5.00 4.72
Runs allowed / game 3.00 4.02

 

Preview

The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will play the second game of the series at the Fenway Park on Friday. The Yankees took the win 6-5 in the first of the series. Josh Donaldson homered for the second straight game, hitting a grand slam in the third, and Aaron Hicks homered on the very next pitch. Rafael Devers produced the 5 runs for the Red Sox with 2 home runs to Gerrit Cole.

New York Yankees

The Yankees get here with a 60-23 record and have won 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 5 runs per game. They're batting for .242 AVG, 421 runs scored in 658 hits and 139 home runs, ranking #2 in offense in the league behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Aaron Judge leads the team and is batting for .287 with 30 home runs and 64 RBI.

Defensively they are allowing 3 runs per game and rank #1 in the league. Nestor Cortes leads the pitching staff with a 2.44 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded with the Yanks.

Probable Pitcher:  Nestor Cortes (7-3, 2.44 ERA)

Cortes will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for New York. In the second match of Saturday's doubleheader against the Guardians, Cortes earned the victory after giving up a run on three hits and no walks while striking out six batters over six innings. He had one start against the Red Sox last season and allowed 2 runs across 4.1 innings pitched.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox get here with a 45-38 record and have lost 5 of their last 7 games. The team is averaging 4.72 runs per game. They're batting for .261 AVG, 383 runs scored in 740 hits and 77 home runs, ranking #6 in offense in the league, behind the NY Mets. Rafael Devers is leading the team with 19 home runs and 51 RBI, batting for .327 AVG while Trevor Story leads in RBI's with 54. 

Defensively they are allowing 4.02 runs per game and rank #11 in the league. Nick Pivetta leads the team with 8 wins recorded with a 3.68 ERA and 95 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher: Connor Seabold (0-1, 8.31 ERA)

Seabold will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the A's. Seabold will take over for Michael Wacha (arm), who has yet to be promoted from Triple-A Worcester. Seabold has made two big-league starts this season, failing to go more than 4.2 innings on both occasions. In those two appearances, he has had mixed results, surrendering a total of eight earned runs over 8.2 frames.

BETTING TRENDS

NY Yankees are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games against Boston.

NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston.

Boston Red Sox are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Boston's last 18 games against NY Yankees.

Prediction

The Yankees were dominating the Red Sox until Devers pounded 2 times with home runs to Gerrit Cole and almost tied the game. Now the Yanks will send Nestor Cortes who's having the best season of his career and allowed only 1 run in his last start. The Red Sox will have to call Connor Seabold because Wacha isn't ready to comeback yet. Seabold has only 2 games in the majors this season and was pounded by the Blue Jays with 7 runs. Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo didn't play in the first of the series but they should be back for this game so things could get uglier for the Red Sox. Take the Yankees.

PICK: Yankees ML (-135)

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