Kate Barrington  |  Wed 17th Apr   | MLB

The New York Yankees drew first blood on Day 1 of their back-to-back home games against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. John Paxton struck out 12 batters and allowed just two hits over six innings to secure a rare 8-0 shutout win over their AL East rivals at Yankee Stadium.

New York improved their record to 7-9, but more importantly, they added more misery to an already frustrated Boston squad, which now lost three of their last four games and dropped to 6-12 in the season.

Wednesday’s matchup (6:30 PM EST) will be the last time these two bitter rivals will play each other until May 30. Nathan Eovaldi will be making his fourth start for the Red Sox after logging five innings in each of his first three assignments. He will be up against Yankees J.A Happ, who is also winless after three futile starts.

The New York Yankees are -1.5 run favorite over the Boston Red Sox.

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Boston Red Sox Team Preview

To no one’s surprise, the Red Sox are still searching for answers on how to fix their ongoing struggles.

Although Chris Sale managed to regain the usual speed in his throws (98 mph), he was still a huge mess on the mound, conceding seven hits and four runs with six strikeouts over five innings.

Reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts did not record a single hit in three at-bat appearances, while Xander Bogaerts and Jacky Bradley Jr. only chipped in with a hit each in the lopsided loss against the Yankees.

New York Yankees Team Preview

While Paxton was dominating on the mound, the Bronx Bombers sluggers were also dropping some heavy artillery at the plate as well.

After two scoreless innings, the Yankees began to make their presence felt as DJ LeMahieu opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the third and Luke Volt drove LeMahieu to home plate with a hit to deep right center.

The Yankee’s barrage continued in the fourth inning with Clint Frazier and Mike Tauchman doubling their team’s lead to 4-0. Tauchman and Gleyber Torres homered in the seventh and eighth innings respectively, capping the home team’s massive offensive breakout.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Betting Pick

As already mentioned, both Eovaldi and Happ are off to a slow start. No doubt their mettle will be tested in a pressure-packed game on Wednesday. The question now is who will rise up to the challenge?

I feel Eovaldi (8.40 ERA with 10Ks) will be bringing the heat in this game. He will be motivated as ever after experiencing a disastrous start after another disastrous start.

The Yankees do not expect Happ to replicate Paxton’s performance. Still, manager Aaron Boone would want him to be aggressive with his throws and keep the Red Sox batters guessing all night. I am predicting a solid four innings for Happ before the Bullpen takes over.

In the end, I feel that the Yankees sluggers will continue to rip apart the Red Sox at the plate. Aaron Judge will be a key factor for New York in the match. We know Volt, LeMahieu, and Torre are going to produce one way or another, but the Yanks need Judge to keep them afloat when they need points the most.

Bet the New York Yankees -1.5 run favorite over the Boston Red Sox.

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Kate Barrington