New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Matchup

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The New York Yankees are taking on the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the ALDS. The Red Sox currently own a 1-0 series lead, and the matchup is slated to begin at 8:15 p.m. ET. It’s scheduled to be televised on TBS.

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Odds

Factoring in the regular season, the Red Sox are 109-54 straight up (SU) and 94-68 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 31.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 23.6 units (ATS). The Yankees are 101-63 SU and have gone 81-82 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 8.1 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 12.2 units ATS.

Neither team has positioned itself as an obvious over/under play this year. Boston games have had an over/under record of 77-77-8 in 2018. The Yankees have an over/under record of 78-78-7.

Masahiro Tanaka will get the start for the visiting Yankees. The right-handed Tanaka is 12-6 with a 3.75 ERA and 159 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with 18 strikeouts and a 7.58 ERA against Boston this year (four starts).

The Red Sox will turn to lefty David Price (16-7, 3.58 ERA), who has 177 strikeouts and 50 walks to his credit as well as a WHIP of 1.14. Price is 0-3 with 11 strikeouts and a 10.34 ERA over four starts against New York this year.

As a unit, Boston’s pitchers have yielded 4.0 runs per game overall this season. The club’s starters have an ERA of 3.77, a WHIP of 1.21 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 9.6. The bullpen has a 3.73 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 9.6 K/9. In 77 games against AL East opponents, Red Sox starters have an ERA of 3.75 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.31.

Boston’s offense has put up 5.4 runs per outing, including 5.6 per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .250/.348/.419 over its last five contests and is 2-3 SU during that span.

J.D. Martinez has helped lead the Red Sox offense this season with 44 home runs, 133 RBIs and 112 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, New York’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 4.08 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9.23 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.34, along with a WHIP of 1.26.

Yankees hitters have slashed .249/.333/.452 on their way to 5.3 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (3-2 SU).

Miguel Andujar has led New York’s hitters and is hitting .296/.330/.525 with 27 home runs, 92 RBIs and 83 runs scored.

The Red Sox are looking for another victory following a 5-4 win in Game 1 of this series.

New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox Free Pick

Predictions: SU Winner – Red Sox, ATS Winner – Yankees, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • New York has tallied 21 extra-base hits over its last five games. Boston has 18 XBH over its last five.
  • The Yankees have hit 19 home runs in their last 10 games, including 10 over their last five.
  • Boston has recorded 27.6 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 23.0 over its last five.