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AL Wildcard Betting Preview/Player Prop

05 October 2021

We have reached the 2021 MLB Postseason, and one of the best rivalries in all of baseball will kick things off. The Boston Red Sox are set to host the New York Yankees, with the winner advancing to the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays.

New York has had a very interesting season, and it was one that was full of ups and downs. The Yankees were able to get hot at just the right time to finish with a 92-70 record and earn a trip to the postseason.

Boston jumped out to a big lead in the AL East Division to begin the season, but they had to fight to keep a playoff spot. The Red Sox did go 49-32 on their home field in 2021, and that should give them a big advantage in this matchup.

The New York Yankees are the favorites on the moneyline at -123 over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Cole Dealing For Yankees

The Yankees will have their ace on the mound for this game as Gerrit Cole is set to make the start. Cole went 16-8 with a 3.23 ERA during the regular season, and he just picked up a win over Boston last week.

New York is expected to get a great start from Cole in this game, but the biggest question mark continues to be around this offense. The Yankees are hitting just .237 as a team, and they have to find a way to put some hits together.

Aaron Judge led the Yankees with 39 home runs and 98 RBIs during the regular season, and New York could use a big blast from their slugger in this game, but he is also going to need some support.

Boston Needs Some Offense

The Boston Red Sox hit .261 as a team this season, and they are going to have to find a way to outscore the Yankees in this one. New York has a big advantage when it comes to the pitching staff, but the Red Sox have some big bats in that lineup.

Rafael Devers led the Red Sox with 38 home runs and 113 RBIs this season, and he will need to deliver for his team. Xander Bogaerts sets the table with a .295 batting average, and the Red Sox need to put some early pressure on Cole.

Nathan Eovaldi is set to make this start for Boston, and he has gone 11-9 with a 3.75 ERA this season. Eovaldi was roughed up in his most recent start against the Yankees, and he has to keep the ball in the ballpark.

Boston Beats Their Rival

This continues to be one of the greatest rivalries in all of the sports, and that will add to the drama on Tuesday night. Playing at home will give the Red Sox a big advantage, especially since this game should come down to the wire.

Gerrit Cole is going to pitch well for the Yankees, but don’t be surprised to see the Boston pitching staff shut down New York as well. It might only take three or four runs to win this game, and it’s going to be won by the home team.

Bet the Boston Red Sox moneyline as they beat the New York Yankees to advance to the ALDS.

Player Prop

Gerrit Cole (-155) Under 7.5 Strikeouts

While tonight is the situation the Yankees were envisioning when they signed Cole to a record-breaking $324 million deal in 2019, he hasn’t exactly inspired confidence down the stretch.

After a lights out August in which he went 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA and a .194 opposition batting average, Cole was much more pedestrian in September. His 3-2 record was respectable, but his 5.13 ERA and .282 opposition batting average were by far his highest numbers this year.

His K totals have been declining as well. After averaging over 9 Ks per start in July and over 8 Ks in August, Cole was just slightly above 7 Ks per start in September. He hasn’t recorded more than 7 Ks in any of his starts since striking out 15 Angels back on September 1.

We’ll look for that trend to continue tonight and take Cole (-155) to stay under 7.5 Ks against the Red Sox.

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