New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Odds & MLB Picks – August 22, 2009: Last night, the New York Yankees extended their lead to 7½ games in the American League East by absolutely clobbering the Boston Red Sox in front of their home crowd, putting up 20 runs on 23 hits, in a 4-hour beat down!
Will the “Boston Massacre” continue this afternoon, beginning at 4:10 PM ET (1:10 PM PT) on FOX? According to MLB Odds & MLB Picks experts at SportsBook.com, the New York Yankees [-143 ML] will continue their Bean Town obliteration, as they’ll be the sports betting odds favorites to defeat the Boston Red Sox [+143 ML] in Game 2 of this 3-game set.
The reason why the Sox aren’t expected to win today’s game might lie on the pitching matchup, as Joe Girardi will send RHP A.J. Burnett (10-6, 3.69 ERA) to the hill, while Terry Francona will count on unknown, RHP Junichi Tazawa (1-2, 5.40 ERA) to contain the Yankees’ red-hot bats. As a result of this pitching matchup, the OVER/UNDER for this, New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox MLB Odds & MLB Picks – August 22, 2009 game 2 has been officially set at a combined total of 10½ runs scored.
In game 1, Japanese import, Hideki Matsui led the attack for the Bronx Bombers, as he belted two 3-run homeruns to put the game out of reach. It was the most runs the Yankees had scored against Boston since the infamous, 22-1, “Boston Massacre” on June 19, 2000 at Fenway and Godzilla was right in the middle of it with a career-high 7 runs-batted-in.
"We lost three games in a row twice here this season, so I think it was very important for us to set the tone in the first game of this series," Matsui stated after the game. "I can tell you one thing: That's not the team we played two months ago," Red Sox DH David Ortiz said. "We've got to keep that in mind. They have a lot of good players, and they've found a way to put themselves together. We've been watching that for years."