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Yankees Making Final Push to Content with First Place Red Sox

Posted by Jeff Rudzinski on 8/18/2013 8:25:44 PM

The New York Yankees appeared to have fallen too far back in the AL East standings to still have a shot at making the playoffs. They then surprised sports gamblers by getting hot and coming within just 8.5 games of first place heading into a crucial three game series against the Boston Red Sox. Now is the time for the Yankees to stay hot, but the real question is do they have enough talent to continue to contend the rest of the season?

New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox
Saturday August 17, 2013 – 4:05 PM ET
Fenway Park, Boston, MA

The Red Sox continue to thrive for the best record in the majors each game but after a tough week they find themselves with two less wins than the streaking Atlanta Braves. The real goal for the Red Sox however is to hold steady atop the division and not worry about the Wild Card play in game as they are guaranteed a seven game playoff series if they win the AL East.

MLB Betting Preview: New York Yankees

The Yankees will have a decent shot at upsetting the Red Sox with Hiroki Kuroda on the mound as he has been lights out his past seven starts, five of which have been scoreless outings. Kuroda has been the biggest surprise on the Yankees this season and his 2.33 ERA is a huge reason they have continued to surprise sports books despite having one of the worst offenses in the league for the majority of the season. The trade for Alfonso Soriano however has started to pay off as he accumulated 14 RBI’s in a four game stretch for the Yankees earlier this week. Alex Rodriguez has been a similar surprise since coming off the disable list and as long as he is able to stay active he will help the Yankees on offense as well.

MLB Betting Preview: Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox will send their own veteran John Lackey to the mound as well and although Lackey hasn’t pitched as well as Kuroda as of late he has still been turning in a solid season. Lackey holds a 3.32 ERA on the season and a 7-10 record indicating the Red Sox may not be taking full advantage of his starts, something they will need to do if they want the victory in this game. The Red Sox’s offense has been consistent this past week averaging just over five runs per game, a number they will be lucky to score against Kuroda.

MLB Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

The pitching match-up could very well be the story of the game as Kuroda will likely keep the Red Sox on their heels and Lackey will have a chance to cool down the surging Soriano. Breaking down this game you realize there are many angles to consider, but when taking into account how the Yankees lineup has improved over the past few weeks and that Kuroda has been shutting down teams routinely it is hard to go against the Yankees which is why they are my sports betting pick for this game.

MLB Pick: Yankees

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