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The Boston Red Sox are in probably in the biggest funk in Major League Baseball at this time. They are currently riding a five-game losing streak heading into the final game of a three-game weekend series at home against the New York Yankees.
They have dropped the first two games against the Yankees and have fallen to 4-10 on the year. Probably the most alarming fact for Boston is they held a 9-0 lead over the Yankees on Saturday after five innings, only to end up losing 15-9.
“I think we’ve hit rock bottom,” manager Bobby Valentine said after Saturday’s loss. “If this isn’t bottom, we need to find some new ends of the earth.”
Pitching has been the downfall this season for Boston. They have allowed 10 or more runs in four games this season with the bullpen combining for a 8.44 ERA.
But credit must be given to the Yankees (9-6). Since starting 0-3 to begin the year, they are 9-3 since thanks to an offensive explosion. They hit 5 homeruns in Friday’s win and have 12 in their last three games including two on Saturday by Mark Teixeira.
To hopefully turn things around and silence the Yankees bats, Boston will send Daniel Bard to the mound for the start in their Sunday Night Baseball matchup with New York. For the year, Bard is 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA. Against the Yankees in his career, all relief appearances, he is 2-1 is 27 appearances.
Bovada Sportsbook has tagged New York as the betting favorite on Sunday night according to their latest MLB Betting Odds. Their moneyline is set at -135 while the Red Sox have theirs set at +125. The OVER/UNDER in runs is set at 9.
Bovada has also fielded some great MLB Player Prop bets for sports bettors to wager on as well in regards to this matchup.