Red Sox vs Yankees

Red Sox vs Yankees | Betting Odds for MLB

Written by on June 4, 2021

Believe it or not, the bitter rival Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have not played a game yet this season. That changes on Friday night when they open a three-game series from the Bronx with the Bombers likely favored on the MLB odds.

How to Bet Red Sox at Yankees MLB Odds & TV Info

  • When: Friday, 7:05 PM ET
  • Where: Yankee Stadium
  • Probable pitchers (away/home): Nathan Eovaldi/Mike King
  • TV: MLB Network; MLB Extra Innings
  • Stream/gameday audio:
  • Opening MLB Lines: TBA

Why Bet on Boston? | Betting Odds for MLB

Boston avoided a four-game sweep in Houston on Thursday with an easy 5-1 victory. Xander Bogaerts broke out of a slump by going 2-for-5 with a two-run double. Bogaerts had been 0-for-24 before his double in the seventh inning. He’s batting .312/.373/.538 for the season. Christian Arroyo delivered a three-run blast for his first homer of the year. He’s batting .282/.330/.411 through 92 plate appearances.

Starting catcher Christian Vazquez got the day off but should play Friday. Vazquez has handled a very heavy workload behind the plate this season, with his 42 starts ranking second among all backstops.

Before Thursday’s game, pitcher Brandon Workman’s contract was selected from Triple-A Worcester. The 32-year-old righty logged a 1.29 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in seven innings over seven appearances at Triple-A. He will occupy a middle-relief role for Boston going forward.

It’s hard-throwing Nathan Eovaldi (6-2) on the mound. Eovaldi tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts to get the win last Saturday during the Red Sox’s 3-1 victory over the Marlins. Eovaldi allowed just four hits and a walk during the game while generating a 27 percent whiff rate. It wasn’t the most efficient outing, as Eovaldi fired 101 pitches (71 strikes) and still fell short of a quality start. The 31-year-old has a 4.01 ERA and 1.17 WHIP across 60 2/3 innings with 58 strikeouts this season.

Eovaldi is tied for 3rd in the AL with 6 wins and has a 2.91 ERA (7 ER/21.2 IP) in his last 4 starts. He ranks T-4th in the AL and T-13th in the majors in percent of batted balls that have been barreled this season at just 5.1 percent. Eovaldi has thrown at least 5.0 innings in 10 of his 11 starts this season.

The Sox are 16-5 when their starter lasts 6.0+ innings. Sox starters have thrown 6.0+ innings in 13 of their last 23 games, after doing so in only 8 of their first 33. The Sox pitchers have allowed 1 or 0 HR in 19 of their last 20 games, and in 48 of 56 games overall.

Why Bet on NY Yankees? | Betting Odds for MLB

New York is 3-7 on the heels of its season-high six-game winning streak from 5/18-23. Closer Aroldis Chapman owns a 0.41 ERA (22.0IP, 1ER) in 22 relief appearances this season. That is the lowest ERA by a reliever in the Majors this season.

The Yankees enter off an ugly 9-2 home loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday as ace Gerrit Cole had a rare off day. Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton was held out of the lineup for the second time in three days. He’s 1 for 16 with nine strikeouts in five games since returning from a left quadriceps strain.

New York’s lineup has now been held to five runs or fewer in 11 straight games. Two-time batting champion DJ LeMahieu at the umpire after a looking strikeout in the eighth, then began slamming equipment around the dugout for the second time in three games. He is hitting just .255 on the season. Manager Aaron Boone got ejected in Thursday’s loss. After taking Nick Nelson out of the game in the seventh, Boone got in the face of home plate umpire Chad Whitlock and was tossed.

Brett Gardner was a bright spot Thursday with a homer and double – the dinger was his first of the year. Gardner was supposed to be a luxury for the Yankees this season, but with Aaron Hicks out for the season, Mike Tauchman traded to San Francisco and Clint Frazier proving largely ineffective, he’s gotten a whole lot of playing time.

Catcher Gary Sanchez is hitting .389/.500/.667 (7-for18) with 2R, 2 doubles, 1HR, 2RBI and 4BB in his last seven games. He got Thursday off but should play Friday.

Mike King (0-2) will get a spot start here. He has a 2.86 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 22 innings this season. King logged 2.1 innings in his most recent outing May 30 in Detroit and hasn’t pitched more than three innings in a game since he logged six innings on April 4.

Game Trends

  • Red Sox are 6-0 in their last 6 Friday games.
  • Yankees are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series.
  • Red Sox are 6-23 in the last 29 meetings.
  • Red Sox are 16-35 in the last 51 meetings in New York.

Expert Prediction

  • Red Sox 6, Yankees 4
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