Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Betting Odds Preview, Trends

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2014

The Boston Red Sox are 6-1 in their last seven games against the New York Yankees, and they send a pitcher to the hill Thursday that dominated New York in 2013.

They'll try to continue their recent success against their hated rival on Thursday in the first game of their four-game series in New York. The Yankees are a slight favorite at -110 at home against the Red Sox (+100).

After getting swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in their first three-game series at home, the Boston Red Sox bounced back to take two of three games against the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox now head back out on the road where they are 2-1 so far this season.

Clay Buchholz takes the mound for Boston on Thursday night looking to come back from a rough season debut in which he gave up six earned runs. Buchholz had a 1.74 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 16 starts last season and he was 3-0 against the Yankees, allowing only two earned runs in 18 innings.

Boston vs. New York will get underway at 7:05pm ET at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. The computer prediction is 4-3 New York, which would send the game UNDER the current total of 8.5 runs.

The New York Yankees put together a nice 4-1 run before being blown out 14-5 by the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. They also lost 5-4 to Baltimore on Wednesday, and now turn their attention to the Red Sox.

Michael Pineda is set to start for the Yankees, coming off of a strong six-inning performance, allowing just one earned run in his first start of the year.

Six of the last eight games between these two AL East rivals have gone OVER the total, which is no surprise considering the two teams and their reputation for offense. Both teams have tilted towards the UNDER this season, though, with the UNDER going 5-3 in New York's first eight games and 7-2 in Boston's first nine.

In addition to having lost six of the last seven games in this series overall, New York has lost five of the last six games in this series that were played at Yankee Stadium.

With early bragging rights and positioning in the standings on the line over the next four games, this should be an intense game and series between two of baseball's best teams.

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