Red Sox Odds: Yankees Favored In First New York-Boston Matchup Of Season

The Boston Red Sox will look to bounce back from their first loss in five games when they open a three-game series with the New York Yankees on Friday night as slim +105 home underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Boston is coming off a 5-3 loss to Atlanta on Thursday, denying the Red Sox the sweep in their four-game home-and-home series with the Braves and dropping them 1 1/2 games back of the American East-leading Baltimore Orioles heading into Friday’s Yankees vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox have enjoyed a solid April, posting a 12-10 record to date, and maintain strong +650 odds of emerging as American League champions, trailing only the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox on those baseball futures at the sportsbooks.

Boston’s bats have powered that early success, leading the AL with 114 runs scored and a .278 batting average, but the club’s pitching staff has surrendered 98 earned runs thus far, second-worst in the league.

Indeed, when the Red Sox lose, they lose big, surrendering a whopping 65 total runs in their 10 losses to date.

The club’s victories also have been high-scoring affairs, with six of its last nine outings producing double-digit run totals, paying out on the OVER in each and ending a 6-0 run for the UNDER, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.

It has been a brutal opening month for the last-place Yankees, who travel to Boston with an 8-12 record and the second-worse run production in the AL. New York dropped two of three to the Texas Rangers in Arlington this week and has yet to claim a road series victory this season, amassing a 3-5 record away from Yankee Stadium.

Masahiro Tanaka gets the call for the Yankees on Friday, in search of his fourth win in his past five starts against Boston. Tanaka owns just a 1-0 record this season, but he has been the lone bright spot in an abysmal Yankees rotation, allowing just two earned runs in each of his four starts and just seven total hits over his past two outings.

Southpaw Henry Owens is expected to be on the bump for the Red Sox, who have recorded just three wins in their last 14 games against the Yankees at Fenway Park. Owens gave up three earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in his only start this season, a 7-5 win in Houston, and recorded two losses to the Yankees last season.

Rick Porcello is expected to face Michael Pineda on Saturday, while David Price is expected to battle Nathan Eovaldi in the series finale Sunday night.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts

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