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Red Sox, Yankees Continue To Pace AL East Despite Concerns

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 4/24/2013 7:14:17 PM

The problem with counting out teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is that these are some of the best franchises in baseball from the top down, and they know how to consistently find ways to win even when it doesn’t seem like they will. The Red Sox have bounced back strong in the early going following last year’s disaster and the Yankees are right there with them in the AL East, with both teams looking to build on their winning records with the sports betting action continuing Thursday night.

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

Injuries to a number of star players including Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, and Curtis Granderson in particular were expected to derail the Yankees’ playoff hopes in the early going, but the team has responded by winning 11 of its first 19 games with a total team effort. The offense is once again among the top-10 highest-scoring teams in the majors with veterans like Vernon Wells suddenly stepping up and playing quality baseball, while the pitching staff has done just enough on most nights to give the team a chance to win. The same cannot be said about Wells’ former team in the Blue Jays, whose fans might have been somewhat disillusioned when the team brought in a bevy of big names in the offseason only to watch as the team has floundered out of the gate. That includes the struggling Mark Buehrle, who will go up against the red hot Hiroki Kuroda Thursday.

MLB Betting Pick: New York Yankees

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

A big reason for Boston’s early season success has been the step forward the big arms on the pitching staff have taken following last year’s struggles, and Clay Buchholz is No. 1 in that category. Buchholz is 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and has gone seven innings or more in all four of his starts, and that has made life a lot easier for new manager John Farrell. The Red Sox will look to build on their early season success with Buchholz getting the call opposite Phillip Humber for the Astros, who has the completely opposite online betting record at 0-4 with a 6.63 ERA. The Houston offense hasn’t been very consistent either, so Boston should continue to roll.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox

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

The Orioles have done an excellent job keeping up with both the Red Sox and Yankees in the division, but will face a very tough online sportsbook test with a trip to Oakland this weekend. The Athletics own the highest-scoring offense in the majors and rank first in OBP, which means Baltimore starter Jason Hammel will have his hands full on Thursday. Hammel is coming off his worst start of the season so far, but there is some room for error matched up against Jarrod Parker and his 7.50 ERA. Parker is 0-3 so far, and if the Orioles’ bats can get going they will add to his early season struggles.

MLB Betting Pick: Baltimore Orioles

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