Neither the New York Yankees nor Boston Red Sox have had a season worth remembering, holding down the bottom two spots of the American League East. With the season nearly ending, both teams are close to no longer having MLB odds to make the playoffs.
This will be the last series of the season between these historic rivals, with the first game on Monday night in Fenway. The game is a perfect opportunity for MLB betting picks because even if the season is practically over for each team, neither wants a losing record against the other.
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Clarke Schmidt (9-8, 4.54 ERA) vs Kutter Crawford (6-7, 4.36 ERA)
Not much has gone right for the Yankees this season, especially when it comes to the health of their starting pitchers. Clarke Schmidt has been able to stay healthy and, despite early-season struggles, has been solid recently. Even with the Yankees losing three of his last four starts, he has a 3.47 ERA in 23.1 innings, striking out 26. In Schmidt’s previous outing, he went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out six.
Something that could help when making Yankees vs Red Sox best MLB picks is that Kutter Crawford has been terrible recently. Through his last two games, he has yet to make it out of the fourth inning, allowing five runs in his last start and six in the previous one. It has led to a 15.63 ERA over Crawford’s last two starts. Before those two outings, Crawford had not allowed more than four runs in an appearance.
Slump Dims Odds for Yankees
For a moment, the Yankees had gotten hot, winning eight of nine games, and it changed some of the teams MLB spreads, being favored in their last six games. However, New York has lost three of its last four, losing each by at least a six-run differential.
The recent winning stretch was heavily helped out by great pitching, which has struggled in the last four games, allowing 30 runs. The Yankees’ lineup has struggled to offer any run support, scoring 20 runs over the last seven days, tied for the fewest. They had to score four runs in extra innings to avoid the sweep against the Milwaukee Brewers in the last series, but the Yankees were also held hitless through the first 10 innings.
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While Schmidt has been solid, he will be facing a Red Sox lineup that has recently put up runs, and the Yankees lineup will not be able to keep up, even with Crawford on the mound.
Red Sox Hitting the Over
The Red Sox lineup has recently caught a little spark, scoring the sixth-most runs through the last seven days. However, some of that was a 12-run game against the Baltimore Orioles, which Boston lost 13-12. That game did happen two days ago, and the offense carried over into the series finale against the Orioles, with the Red Sox avoiding the sweep by winning 7-3 on Sunday.
Over the last 10 games, the Red Sox have done a solid job of hitting the over eight times. While the Red Sox relied on the other team to do a lot of the heavy lifting to hit the over in some games, scoring less than five runs three out of the eight, they have done enough to affect MLB lines.
The over/under line has been set at least nine in eight of the last 10 games and is set at 9½ for this matchup with the Yankees on the best MLB betting sites.
Yankees vs Red Sox Odds
Yankees vs Red Sox Best Bets
It might seem like the over in this game could be an easy bet, with Crawford struggling and Schmidt being inconsistent. However, with how bad the Yankees lineup has been, the Red Sox would need to score most of the runs if this game is to hit the over.
Despite Crawford’s struggles, he could get back on track against the Yankees, making the Red Sox to win this game might be the best option. Both teams have been volatile, making it a difficult pick MLB betting on Monday.
MLB Best Bet: Red Sox ML -128