Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • Cole looks to redeem himself from Wild Card blunder
  • New faces look to lead both sides to AL East title
  • X-factor to watch on both sides

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Odds

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Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Predictions

Opening Day was supposed to be Thursday, but mother nature had other ideas. Instead, the Bronx will be rocking on a Friday, giving the crowd an additional 24 hours to sit with that pent up energy. It’s two of the most potent lineups in the game taking center stage. The Yankees added Josh Donaldson and the Red Sox added Trevor Story but in the end, New York has a significant pitching advantage.

We like the Yankees (moneyline).

Garcia’s 2022 record: (0-0)

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Betting Trends to Watch

  • Red Sox are 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
  • Red Sox are 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter
  • Red Sox are 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a right-handed starter
  • Red Sox are 20-7 in their last 27 Friday games
  • Red Sox are 6-15 in their last 21 games as a road underdog
  • Over is 6-0 in Red Sox last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
  • Red Sox are 1-6 in the last 7 head-to-head meetings
  • Under is 10-3-1 in the last 14 meetings
  • Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in New York
  • Yankees are 7-2 in their last 9 Friday games
  • Yankees are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a favorite
  • Under is 13-4 in Yankees last 17 Friday games
  • Over is 5-2 in Yankees last 7 games as a favorite
  • Under is 15-6-1 in Yankees last 22 vs. American League East

Cole Looks to Avenge, Eovaldi Looks to Prove a Point

Gerrit Cole has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for a handful of years, yet he’s never quite finished the deal – with the commissioner’s trophy or with a Cy Young trophy.

Last year was another perfect example. Cole was rolling until mid-September, 15-7 overall with a 2.75 ERA. He suddenly fell apart, going 0-1 over his final three starts, giving up 15 earned runs in 17.2 innings.

With a chance to redeem himself in the postseason against the Yankees arch-rival, he wilted, lasting just two innings and giving up three runs. His final ERA of 3.23, WHIP of 1.06 and 243 strikeouts in 181.1 innings are numbers most players dream of, but itt was another very impressive yet somewhat disappointing season for Cole.

Don’t think that’s not on his mind on Opening Day.

Meanwhile for Boston, it’s Eovaldi’s turn to show he can handle the pressure of Opening Day, after out-dueling Cole in that Wild Card game – giving up just one run in 5.1 innings.

Chris Sale is on the 60-day IL (again) and lefty Eduardo Rodriguez signed with Deroit, which moves last year’s No. 3 up to No. 1 for the time being.

He was solid last season, going 11-9 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 195 strikeouts in 182.1 innings and this will be a big test to see if he can get out on the right foot in 2022.

What Impact Will New Faces Make

There’s no doubt the AL East is the deepest division in all of baseball. New York, Boston, Tampa Bay and Toronto all have very illegitimate chances to make the playoffs, win the division and even the World Series.

The Yankees and Red Sox both have designs on doing all those things and that starts Friday, with some new faces looking to make their mark on the rivalry.

Josh Donaldson is that man for the bronx bombers. Donaldson has hit 24 home runs or more in each of his past seven healthy seasons, including last year with 26 home runs, 72 RBIs and an .827 OPS. Now, he goes from Minnesota and Target Field, not known as a hitters park, to Yankee Stadium, which is one of the five best parks to hit in in the game.

On the other side, shortstop Trevor Story’s stats were extremely similar. Story, who spent his first six years in Colorado, hit 24 home runs and 75 RBIs in 2021, with a .801 OPS, resulting in a very respectable 4.2 WAR.

He’s expected to hit somewhere around No. 5 in the lineup, behind an extremely deep group that features Kike Hernandez, Rafael Devers, Xander Boegarts, J.D. Martinez and Alex Verdugo among others.

X-Factors to Watch

It’s a short porch in right field in New York, everybody knows that, so we’re going to take a look at some left-handed hitters. Jackie Bradley Jr. is back in Boston and hopefully that helps him, because quite frankly he was horrendous in 2021.

He hit six home runs and 29 RBI with a .497 OPS – all which ranked almost dead last among players who played as many games as Bradley. But baseball can be a funny game and what better way than to start with a good showing against the rival.

For New York, we’re looking at Joey Gallo. The power-hitting outfielder was traded to New York at the deadline last season and was good, not great. Many are picking him to lead the majors in home runs this season – it wouldn’t be all that shocking if that trend starts on day one.

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How to Watch Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees Information
Teams Boston Red Sox vs New York Yankees
Location Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Time Friday, April 8, 1:05 p.m. EST
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.