Yankees vs. Red Sox WC Prediction
One of the oldest rivalries in sports will be renewed on Tuesday night when the Red Sox host the Yankees in the American League Wild Card game at 8:08 p.m. ET. With Gerrit Cole set to oppose Nathan Eovaldi in the pitching matchup, what’s the best bet on the board tonight?
937 New York Yankees (-122) at 938 Boston Red Sox (+112); o/u 8
8:08 p.m. ET, Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
New York Yankees DFS SPIN
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he's "probably" going with Gleyber Torres in the leadoff spot in Tuesday's AL Wild Card Game against the Red Sox. Torres has hit third in each of the last three games and is the natural choice with DJ LeMahieu out of the mix. The 24-year-old comes into the playoffs hot, hitting .305/.367/.476 over his last 22 games.
Boston Red Sox DFS Spin
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday that he'll likely start Kevin Plawecki at catcher and Christian Arroyo at second base for Tuesday's Wild Card Game. Plawecki has worked well with Nathan Eovaldi and has also been a better hitter than Christian Vazquez this season. Kyle Higashioka will catcher Gerrit Cole as he usually does, so both clubs will be going with their backup catchers in the winner-take-all game. With Arroyo expected to handle second base, that means Enrique Hernandez figures to play center field. Alex Verdugo might be the odd man out in the outfield, assuming J.D. Martinez (ankle) is ready to play. Also of note is that Cora said Chris Sale is unlikely to be on the roster after starting Sunday's game and Jarren Duran is likely to be on it as a pinch-runner/defensive replacement option.
Yankees vs. Red Sox Betting Prediction
The Yankees are 4-1 in their last five games at Fenway Park and are 6-0 in their last six games versus the Red Sox overall. They’re also 5-1 in their last six road games, are 8-0 in their last eight games following a day off and are 9-3 in their last 12 games overall. On the other side, the Red Sox are 4-14 in their last 18 games as an underdog, are 1-5 in their last six games versus AL East rivals and are 1-6 in their last seven home games when facing an opponent with a winning record.
MLB BETTING PREDICTION: NEW YORK YANKEES -122