MLB Odds: Red Sox Open Second Half As Betting Underdogs Vs. Yankees

Baseball’s fiercest rivalry gets rekindled this weekend as the Boston Red Sox kick off a three-game set with the New York Yankees on Friday night as +130 road underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Boston will look to continue the strong play it exhibited immediately prior to the All-Star Break, with wins in six of its past seven games heading into Friday night’s Red Sox vs. Yankees betting matchup at Yankee Stadium.

The Red Sox showed signs of containing opposing hitters in their recent sweep of Tampa Bay, allowing just six total runs during that three-game set after surrendering 8.6 runs per game over their previous five, including a 21-2 blowout loss at the hands of the last-place Los Angeles Angels.

Boston’s average of 5.6 runs per game leads the majors, but it has surrendered seven or more runs on 26 occasions so far this season, leaving it with the 11th-ranked defense in the American League. Boston also has produced streaky results, including six losing streaks of at least three games each. However, its current strong play erases a dismal performance in the month of June, when it won just 10 games, recording back-to-back victories just three times.

Trailing the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles by 7.5 games, the Yankees exit the All-Star break in desperate need of a winning streak to return to contention in the division.

New York has yet to fully recover from a brutal 8-16 start, but with 10 wins in its past 18 games, the Yankees continue the slow climb back to respectability that currently leaves them with a 44-44 record.

However, the Yankees have had their problems in recent matchups with the Red Sox. New York took two of three from Boston in an early May series but is just 3-7 in its past 10 games against its longtime rival, according to the OddsShark MLB Database, including a Red Sox sweep in the Bronx in the final week of the 2015 regular season.

Both these teams’ recent struggles are reflected on the World Series odds, where the Red Sox have slipped to +1400 after peaking at +900 in late May, while the Yankees have spiraled to a distant +6600 after opening at a respectable +2500.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright will try to pick up where he left off in the first half when he takes the hill for Boston on Friday, facing New York right-hander Michael Pineda.

Wright posted wins in each of his past two outings, lifting his record to 10-5, while Pineda (3-8) searches for his first victory in over five weeks and is winless in his past three starts against Boston.

Thumbnail photo via Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports Images

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