The home team is 7-0 straight up and 5-2 against the spread in the last seven games between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox hope the trend will continue in a three-game series against the Yankees starting Tuesday night.
Boston is a -140 betting favorite in the series opener at Fenway Park at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Rick Porcello will take the mound for the Red Sox, facing Luis Severino and the Yankees (+130).
Boston Red Sox
Historically known for their power hitting on offense, this season’s Red Sox have been doing things differently. Boston leads the majors in batting average with a team average of .278, but currently ranks dead last in home runs hit with just 11 through 19 games.
Last year’s Cy Young winner Rick Porcello has struggled out of the gate with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP through his first four starts. The team is 3-1 in Porcello’s last four starts against the Yankees.
The Red Sox have been noticeably stronger at home this season than they have been on the road, boasting a 7-2 record at Fenway Park and a 4-6 record on the road per the OddsShark MLB Database.
Betting Line / Total: Boston -140 / 9 Runs
Trend: Boston is 3-1 in Rick Porcello’s last four starts against New York.
Trend: New York is 3-6 in its first nine games on the season this season.
New York Yankees
Since starting the season in a 1-4 slump, the Yankees have surged into the hunt for the AL East lead with a 10-3 run. New York has been fantastic on the mound this season with a team ERA of 3.17, ranking second to only the Chicago White Sox.
Luis Severino has collected 27 strikeouts and a 0.80 WHIP through his first three starts and appears to be beginning to live up to his hype. The Yankees are still looking for their first road series win with a 3-6 road record so far in 2017.
Tuesday night’s total is set at nine runs. The UNDER is 9-5 at online betting sites in the last 14 games between these two teams.
In what figures to be a tight race for the AL East title this season, every rivalry game in this division will carry some extra weight. The series continues Wednesday with staff aces Masahiro Tanaka and Chris Sale set to clash, and wraps up on Thursday with a projected matchup of CC Sabathia vs. Drew Pomeranz.
New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox
When: April 25, 7:10 p.m. ET
Where: Fenway Park, Boston