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Red Sox, Yankees Continue To Battle For Top Spot In AL East

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/25/2013 7:28:18 PM

The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same in the baseball world. That is certainly true in regards to the American League East, where once again it is the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees competing for the division lead while the other teams give chase. The Red Sox and Yankees have combined to win 25 of their first 41 games, while the Baltimore Orioles and not the Toronto Blue Jays appear to be their biggest threat in the division early on.

Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
Friday, 7:05 PM ET

The Yankees have more than 100 home runs from last year’s team missing in action due to injury, but continue to find ways to win games thanks to a consistent offense and a pitching staff that has given the sports betting team a chance to win in almost every game. New York took two of three at Toronto last weekend, and will look to add to their win total against one of their division rivals with a four-game set at home this time around. Hiroki Kuroda went 7.1 innings, allowing just one earned run with seven strikeouts against the Blue Jays in his last start, but failed to get the decision after the bullpen blew the lead late only to win the game anyway. A repeat performance should have Kuroda in line for the win this time around, as long as the Yankees bats can get to Mark Buehrle for Toronto.

MLB Betting Pick: New York Yankees - 140

Houston Astros @ Boston Red Sox
Friday, 7:10 PM ET

Boston has won seven of its last 10 and 14 of 21 overall to take over top spot in the AL East early on, but the team understands how much work it still has ahead of them. The Red Sox have climbed in to the top-10 in scoring thanks to an aggressive style that hasn’t left many runners on base, and the pitching staff has been much more consistent overall. The one link in the chain that has struggled out of the gate is Ryan Dempster, who is 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA. While his numbers haven’t been bad, the Boston offense hasn’t been consistent enough in the online sports betting games that he has started. That should change with Erik Bedard and his 6.17 ERA on the mound for the Astros, as the Red Sox look to tee off on the 34-year old left-hander.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox - 160

Baltimore Orioles @ Oakland Athletics
Friday, 10:05 PM ET

The Orioles have been that third online betting team in the mix early on thanks in part to the job they did against Toronto in taking two of three from the Blue Jays earlier this week, but they will face a much tougher test at Oakland this weekend. The Athletics have the second-best record in the AL thanks in big part to an explosive offense, and a pitching staff that has given them a chance to win every game. That includes left-hander Tommy Milone, who is 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA. Oakland’s offense has scored at least six runs in each of Milone’s three wins, and will be looking to get to Bruce Chen, who has been very consistent so far this season with a 3.38 ERA.

MLB Betting Pick: Oakland Athletics - 140

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