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Yankees Red Sox Betting Tips – Boston Downs New York To Head Into Break On High Note

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/4/2012 3:24:28 PM

Sports betting sharps are always going to get up for a series between Boston and their bitter rivals from New York, and the two square off one more time before heading into the All-Star break, this time for three games at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have been disappointing in the first half of the season, but they’ll sneak out two of three against their rivals.

What: MLB Betting
When: Friday, July 6th – Sunday, July 8th
Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Pick: Boston Red Sox

Hiroki Kuroda (8-7, 3.17) vs. Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.06) – Friday, 7:10 PM ET

Kuroda has been rolling lately with four wins in his last five starts, and in his last outing he tossed seven scoreless innings of 11-strikeout ball at home against the Chicago White Sox. He was unfortunate to take a loss in his lone meeting with the Red Sox, which came at Fenway Park in 2010, and Kuroda gave up two runs in seven innings with nine strikeouts, but you may be worried about his 4.01 ERA on the road.

Beckett hasn’t won in five starts, and he meets with a familiar foe: his 27 starts against the Yankees are his most against any team, and Beckett is 14-7 despite putting up a 5.36 ERA. The 32-year-old is 2-4 in seven starts at Fenway with a 3.69 ERA.

Beckett needs to get a little run support as the Red Sox have scored seven runs for him in his last four starts, and they’ll get it as Kuroda hasn’t had the same stuff away from Yankee Stadium., Beckett hasn’t pitched badly lately, and he’ll break his duck on Friday night.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox

Freddy Garcia (2-2, 5.94) vs. Felix Doubront (8-4, 4.42) – Saturday, 7:15 PM ET

Garcia has been moved back in the rotation thanks to injuries to C.C. Sabathia and Andy Pettitte, and he has a score to settle with the Red Sox, who knocked him for five runs in just 1.2 innings earlier this season. The 36-year-old righty is now 9-4 in 22 games (21 starts) against the Red Sox with a 4.76 ERA, and at Fenway Park, Garcia is 3-1 in 10 games (nine starts) with a 5.05 ERA.

Doubront walked five batters in 4.1 innings in his last start, a no-decision against Seattle, and there are whispers that he could be getting tired as he hasn’t thrown this many innings in four years. He has been Boston’s most consistent starter this season, but fatigue looks to be setting in. Doubront took a no-decision against the Yankees this year, and he doesn’t have a decision in five games (one start) with a 2.53 ERA. The 24-year-old is 3-3 in eight games at Fenway with a 5.86 ERA.

This could be a high-scoring game if the bats get up early, as Garcia is better suited for the bullpen now and Doubront could be hitting a bit of a wall. Consider the total in this contest, and neither team is great in the bullpen as well. Lean towards the Yankees in this Saturday night affair.

MLB Betting Pick: New York Yankees

Ivan Nova (9-3, 4.05) vs. Jon Lester (5-5, 4.33) – Sunday, 8:05 PM ET

Nova gave up six runs in his last start, but only three were earned and the Yankees have been leaning on the 25-year-old as of late thanks to all their rotation injuries, but like the Red Sox with Doubront, the Yankees have to be careful that they’re not overworking their young pitcher because when a hurler hits that wall, it’s tough for them to get up. He beat the Red Sox earlier this season to go to 1-2 in five games (four starts) with a 5.70 ERA, and Nova is now 1-1 in three games (two starts) with a 4.97 ERA in Boston.

Lester hasn’t been terrible lately, but he is still searching for his A-level stuff, although he did strike out nine in Oakland in his last start. He is well acclimated to the Yankees with 17 starts, going 8-3 with a 4.15 ERA, and Lester is 2-3 in nine starts at home with a 5.60 ERA.

The southpaw, Lester, is going to step up his game and give the Red Sox a chance to win, while Nova is showing signs of slowing down a little and it’s probably for the best that the All-Star break is coming up. The Red Sox should be your Sunday online betting pick.

MLB Betting Pick: Boston Red Sox

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