Betting tips and a Free pick for Yankees at Red Sox
The New York Yankees carried some momentum into Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox, and they got a really good effort out of Jordan Montgomery. But the bullpen didn't hold up its end of the bargain, blowing a lead and losing it in extra Innings.
Now it is up to the very highly-paid Gerrit Cole to put them back on the right track. Cole takes the mound looking for his third consecutive double-digit strikeout effort in a game that begins at 7:10 p.m. ET at Fenway Park.
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Montgomery lasted until two outs in the sixth inning and Boston had not scored a run yet. in the end, it was a 5 - 4 victory in 10 innings for the Red Sox. Chad Green was charged with holding a two-run lead in the ninth, but he failed to do so end rookie Brooks Kriske threw four wild pictures in the tenth, which blew yet another Yankee lead (which came on a sacrifice fly by Brett Gardner in the top of the tenth) and open the door for the Red Sox to score the winning run.
Kriske had only ten previous Major League appearances to his credit, and that might be all he'll ever get, as he was sent to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre immediately.
So instead of a five-game winning streak, the Yankees have won four out of their last five as they continue to chase the Red Sox in the American League East. They are eight games behind in the division race, and trail the Oakland (for now) Athletics by 4.5 games in the battle for the second wild card spot.
In the MLB betting odds posted at BetOnline on this game, the Red Sox, who have Eduardo Rodriguez making the start for them, are the favored side:
Boston Red Sox (Rodriguez) -116
New York Yankees (Cole) +106
Over 8.5 Runs -117
Under 8.5 Runs -103
Cole got off to a start that was so auspicious that he looked like he was on his way to setting a record for best strikeout-walk ratio (although to be fair, Corbin Burnes of Milwaukee was in the running for that already). With 78 K's through 52-2/3 innings, and having walked only three batters, he looked like an unstoppable force.
Of course, by now, a lot of people are attributing that to the substance he and other pitchers may have been applying to the ball, which got spin rates up and created more velocity and movement. Cole slumped after MLB banned it.
But he's come with a couple of fine efforts recently. In these last two starts (one of which came against Boston), and in 15 innings, he has struck out 23. He went the full route and threw 129 pitches in shutting out Houston on July 10. But in this last outing he had to use Gary Sanchez behind the plate, as his regular catcher, Kyle Higashioka, was sidelined with COVID problems. So it's not a bad sign that he gave up just a single run in the win over the Red Sox, and didn't collapse working with the stone-handed Sanchez.
Rodriguez has struck out 30% of the batters he's faced at Fenway Park, and has a 1.079 WHIP there, but he has a 5.16 ERA at his home park. So his numbers are kind of strange.
Regardless, this is not a bad opportunity for you to have Cole as an underdog, so if you don't believe he is a completely different pitcher without the stick'em, OR if you figure he's found a work-around, this may be the play.
And since manager Aaron Boone does not seem to have a high trust level in his bullpen right now, Cole may be held out longer, which,we think, makes the "Over" 7.5 strikeouts (at +114) a pretty good play too.
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