Date/Time: August 18th, 8:05 PM ET
Probable Starters: Sabathia (New York) vs. Dempster (Boston)
Moneyline: Red Sox -120
The two biggest rivals in all of baseball are going to be facing off on Sunday Night Baseball this week on the MLB odds, as the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox at historic Fenway Park.
The Yankees are playing better baseball right now, but they have a big time problem in the race for the Wild Cards. They are seven games in the loss column back of all of the teams in the playoffs at the moment, and that’s a tough margin to try to make up. The squad has to go on a huge run, and time is running out. We aren’t really all that crazy about backing LHP CC Sabathia in this one. Sabathia is only 10-10 on the season, and he is 13-12 in games that he pitches for the Yankees. He only has a 4.66 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP this year, and that clearly isn’t what we have gotten used to over the course of the last several years for a man that is going to have Hall of Fame credentials when push comes to shove. It’s not like the team isn’t supporting Sabathia either. Getting 4.5 runs per game isn’t all that bad, and a man like Sabathia should be winning a ton of games with that type of help.
The Red Sox have spent the whole season at or near the top of the AL East, but they could be in some trouble in the very near future. They are level in the loss column with the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers and just one up on the Oakland Athletics. The Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, and yes, these Yankees as well, are still within striking distance. RHP Ryan Dempster is going to be getting the ball on Sunday night. Dempster is just 6-8 on the season with a 4.50 ERA. He has led the team to wins in six straight games in MLB betting action. However, Dempster only has gotten a win in one of those games. The truth of the matter is that the righty has pitched poorly over the course of the last few months, too. He did throw seven innings and allow just one run against the Toronto Blue Jays, but in his previous five starts, he allowed a total of 26 runs and he hadn’t pitched more than six innings of work in any of those outings.
These two pitchers have flat out stunk, and we think that is going to continue in this one. These two teams have combined for 21 runs in the first two games of this series, and both of these bullpens have been used a lot. Expect that there will be at least a dozen runs hit the board in this one.
New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox Pick: Over 9.5
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