MLB Baseball - New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (-113, 9.5) 7:00 PM EST
The Red Sox and Yankees are the major league's best and most hated rivalry.
Boston with astute planning will send in order to the mound against New York, Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
The Yankees with their countless injuries to an already thin staff bring a top gun in Andy Pettitte tonight, followed by youngsters Chase Wright and Sean Henn, instead of the preferred choices of Carl Pavano, Mike Mussina and Chien-Ming Wang all who are on the DL.
While most baseball fans would look at this as a blessing, Boston fans likely will approach it as an evil foreshadowing of something awful to occur. Red Sox fans are classic candidates for any Tony Robbins seminar involving positive thinking.
One person that will bring a wonderful demeanor, exuding confidence is Curt Schilling who never is bashful in expressing his feelings. Schilling had a rough opening day at Kansas City and has bounced back in with two shutdown starts allowing 8 hits, one run, in 15 innings of work. The 40-year old right-hander is one of the best pitchers in baseball to open up a weekend series, with a 41-12 record against the money line when playing on Friday since 1997. (Team's Record)
Andy Pettitte with the blessing of his wife is back in the pinstripes and relishes the chance to face Boston like he has so many times before. "Obviously, there's a little more intensity because the fans are so into it," said Pettitte. "I'm just looking forward to it again. I'm looking forward to going back to Fenway. I've always loved pitching there. It'll be fun."
The big left-hander will not be the same pitcher the Fenway faithful are used to seeing more then three seasons ago. Pettitte has lost a little on the fastball; the big curve ball doesn't break with the same consistency, however for one game with the adrenaline pumping at a higher rate, he can be just as dominating as he has been against the Red Sox with his 14-5 record and 3.42 ERA.
Boston opened as a slight favorite and has been bet up to a -113 choice with a total of 9.5 at sportsbook.com.
The Red Sox come in playing crisp baseball and are 39-16 after three straight games where they committed no errors.
The Yankees hope to counter being 12-2 against the ML when playing against a top-level team (Win Pct. > 62%) over the last two seasons, blistering the competition by four runs a game.
In what figures to be a rousing opening contest, the Total may be the best wager of all. Schilling has a long history of pitching in games that go Over and is 16-4 OVER against division opponents over the last 3 seasons.
Both teams have a correlating trend, given the money line on this encounter. The Yankees are 12-3 OVER as a road underdog of +100 to +125 and the BoSox are 10-0 OVER at home with a money line of -100 to -125.
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