Baseball’s Greatest Rivalry Renews
One of the greatest rivalries in all of sports will take place on Friday night, as the Boston Red Sox (31-32) and New York Yankees (37-27) collide in their first meeting of the 2023 season. The Yankees had their way in 2022 with a 13-6 record against the Red Sox, ending the season with six consecutive wins against its bitter rival.
Boston will take on the underdog role for the eighth consecutive game in this matchup. MLB lines have the Yanks priced at -158 for Friday’s clash.
Red Sox Shelled in Series Finale
Boston is stumbling into this series, losing five of its last six games. The Red Sox were smoked on Thursday night against the Cleveland Guardians, 10-3. They allowed four home runs and 15 hits in the loss. Boston’s bullpen continues to show why it’s one of the worst in the MLB after allowing double-digit hits in three consecutive games against the Guardians, who rank in the bottom 10 of the category.
Yankees Split Doubleheader
New York comes off a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox. Wednesday’s game was postponed due to unhealthy air caused by the Canadian wildfires. The Yankees split the games, losing one 6-5 and winning the nightcap 3-0. After going 3-4 in its last seven, New York needs to find consistency to narrow the Tampa Bay Rays’ lead in the American League East. The Yanks are 8.5 games back, priced at +400 to win the division by MLB odds.
Garrett Whitlock (2-2, 5.61 ERA) vs Gerrit Cole (7-0, 2.82)
Garrett Whitlock has his work cut out for him against New York. The Yankees rank in the top 10 in runs per game and top five in homers per game. Whitlock returned from an elbow injury on May 27. He has allowed five earned runs in his last two starts, averaging 4.5 strikeouts. Whitlock has surrendered five home runs over five starts. That could spell trouble against one of the league’s best slugging lineups. Take a Yankee to go yard early in MLB live betting, such as first baseman Anthony Rizzo (11 home runs).
ANTHONY RIZZO HUGE HOME RUN pic.twitter.com/FPAeXuUieX
— Talkin’ Yanks (@TalkinYanks) April 14, 2023
Gerrit Cole is expected to make his 14th start after leaving June 3’s game with cramps. Cole is one of the frontrunners for the AL Cy Young Award. According to MLB odds, he is tied with Clayton Kershaw for the second-shortest odds for the MLB’s win leader (+600). However, Cole has shown some cracks in his armor, allowing five earned runs in two of his last three starts.
Red Sox vs Yankees Head-to-Head
While the Yankees won the bulk of last season’s meetings, the Red Sox went 12-7 against MLB spreads. Boston struggled on the road, though, going 1-6 outright and 3-4 against the run line in its last seven games in New York. The over also went 12-7 in 2022’s meetings.
Red Sox vs Yankees Game Information
- Game: Red Sox (31-32) vs Yankees (37-27)
- Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
- Day/Time: Friday, June 9, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Red Sox vs Yankees Live Stream: MLB.tv
Red Sox vs Yankees Betting Lines
Friday’s game under the lights will be must-see TV. There’s a good chance this turns into a home run derby, as both pitchers tend to allow big flies in recent starts. The over went 5-1 in Cole’s last six starts.
Pick: Over 8 (-115)
The sportsbook lists the Yankees as the favorite with Cole on the bump. They are 11-2 in Cole’s starts. However, Boston has the bats to take advantage of Cole’s recent struggles.
He has allowed two home runs in four of his last six appearances. The Sox rank in the top 10 in slugging percentage. New York’s batting order will be without a lot of pop as Aaron Judge continues to recover from a toe injury.
Pick: Boston Red Sox (+143)