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Red Sox @ Yankees: AL East rivals clash in New York for big series

Red Sox @ Yankees MLB odds spreads and predictions

New York leads Boston by 7.5 games in the American League East.

The New York Yankees picked up the eighth consecutive series win with a 7-0 shutout victory over the San Diego Padres.

New York jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning as DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit went back-to-back in the first two at bats of the game.

Gio Urshela would follow their lead in the second inning with his fourth home run of the year to extend the lead to 3-0. Gleyber Torres then became the fourth Yankee to homer in the seventh adding a two-run home run for his 15th of the year.

James Paxton made his return from the injured list on Wednesday afternoon and his outing went as well as he could've hoped. Paxton went four scoreless innings while striking seven and walking just two batters.

Game information

When is it? Thursday May 30th

What time is first pitch? 7:05 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Yankee Stadium

Which channel is it on? YES Network

The lowdown

The Boston Red Sox dropped their second straight series and game after getting crushed by the Cleveland Indians 14-9.

Boston's pitching couldn't find a way to cool down the Indian bats as the Red Sox allowed 18 hits and a run in each of the first seven innings.

Boston kept up offensively with 12 hits and nine runs of their own while averaging 8.7 runs per game over the three-game series with Cleveland. Although they've scored the fourth-most runs in baseball, pitching has been the team's achilles heel posting a 4.54 overall ERA.

Red Sox @ Yankees Runline

Boston is giving New York 1.5 runs in this matchup.

New York had a strong month of May winning 20 of 27 games, including eight of their last 10.

Meanwhile, Boston has been on and off splitting their last 10 games (5-5).

The Red Sox lost both their games in New York earlier in April, and I'm leaning towards home-field advantage working in favor of the Yankees again.

Take New York with the points.

Red Sox @ Yankees Moneyline

Think Boston will bounce back against their bitter rivals? Betting $155 could win profit of $100.

Like New York to pick up a second straight win? Spending $70 would win $100 profit.

Red Sox @ Yankees Over/Under

The over/under for this matchup is set at 8.5 points.

Final score prediction: Boston Red Sox 4, New York Yankees 5

Take the over in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

The pitching matchup on Thursday night will be Chris Sale for Boston vs. JA Happ for New York. As I mentioned above, the Yankees have won each of the first games in the season series.

Sale pitched in the first of the two matchups, and had a rough outing allowing seven hits and four earned runs in five innings pitched while striking out six.

Pitching has been a weakness for Boston, but has been a strength for the Yankees so far this season as the Bomb Bombers rank sixth in the MLB with a 3.79 team ERA. New York has also produced offensively ranking sixth, right behind Boston, in runs scored this season.

Happ has given up three or more runs in three consecutive starters and could find himself in hot water against a strong Red Sox lineup. However, Happ did pitch well verses Boston in the Yanks' second win of this season series allowing six hits and three earned in 6.1 innings while striking out four.

Stephen Rodriguez
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