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Thursday, June 8, 2017

MLB Odds: Red Sox, Yankees Renew Eternal Rivalry

There’s no greater rivalry in baseball than the New York Yankees versus the Boston Red Sox. They’ll play a three-game set at Yankee Stadium this week; the finale is Thursday at 7 PM ET on ESPN, with Michael Pineda (4.38 FIP) pitching for New York and David Price making his third start of the year for Boston.

Price (3.60 FIP last year) suffered an elbow injury in spring training and wasn’t activated until May 29, when he gave up three runs to the Chicago White Sox (+143 at home) in five innings of a 5-4 loss. But Price looked like his old self on Saturday, holding the Baltimore Orioles (+103 at home) to one run on three hits over seven innings as the Red Sox prevailed 5-2.

Pineda has led the Yankees to an 8-3 record in his 11 starts, picking up 4.52 betting units in the process. However, the towering northpaw has also enjoyed 6.82 runs of support per game and a friendly .276 BABIP. The over is 7-4 for Pineda thus far. Meanwhile, CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.771 OPS) has been shut down indefinitely for the Yankees with recurring concussion symptoms. He’s expected to see a neurologist this week.

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MLB Odds: Red Sox Make First Visit of 2017 to Yankee Stadium

The Boston Red Sox (31-25, –0.75 betting units) are back in a familiar spot: chasing down the New York Yankees (32-22, +7.82 units) for first place in the American League East. These ancient rivals play the finale of a three-game set in the Bronx this Thursday, beginning at 7 PM ET on ESPN.

David Price (3.60 FIP last year) is expected to make his third start of the year for Boston after missing the start of the 2017 campaign with an elbow injury. Michael Pineda (4.38 FIP) responds for the Yankees; they’re 8-3 and +4.53 units in his 11 starts.

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