MLB Odds: Red Sox Pegged As Favorites In First Game Vs. Yankees Of 2018

The Boston Red Sox will be looking to stay perfect in the month of April when they open a three-game series with the New York Yankees on Tuesday as -132 favorites on the MLB odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Boston enjoyed a day off Monday after completing the sweep of a three-game series with the visiting Tampa Bay Rays with Sunday’s narrow 8-7 win as a -193 bet, extending its current win streak to eight games going into Tuesday night’s Yankees vs. Red Sox betting matchup at Fenway Park.

The Rays’ seven runs on Sunday is the most that Boston has surrendered in a game during its season-opening 8-1 run. The Red Sox allowed just 1.86 runs per game over their previous seven victories, while Boston batters have racked up an average of six runs per game over their past five outings. That has produced inconsistent results in totals betting, with the OVER prevailing in three of the club’s past five games, and four of nine overall.

The Red Sox also produced uneven results against New York last season, going 8-11 in 19 overall matchups, and a meager 4-5 in nine dates at Fenway Park. However, the Yankees have endured a shaky start after opening the 2018 campaign as -140 favorites to claim their first AL East division title since 2012.

The Yankees travel to Boston as +122 underdogs after dropping three of four at home to the Baltimore Orioles, capped by an 8-7 loss in extra innings as -179 chalk that dropped them to 5-5 so far on the season.

New York entered the season with high expectations after adding slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a lineup that led the majors in 2017 with 241 home runs. The Yankees have not disappointed in the early going, averaging 5.5 runs per game and connecting on 13 long balls through the club’s first 10 outings. But New York also has surrendered 5.75 runs per game during its weekend series with the Orioles, and seven or more runs in three of its past seven outings.

This week’s series opens with a clash of aces, as Chris Sale takes the mound for the Red Sox on Tuesday while the Yankees will respond with Luis Severino.

Sale has surrendered just one total earned run in 11 innings pitched this season, but has yet to earn a decision in two starts, and owns a middling 4-4 record in 12 career starts against New York. Severino also has been red-hot in his two starts, posting wins over Toronto and the Rays, and went 2-1 in four starts against Boston in 2017.

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