The Boston Red Sox are in the lead in the tight American League East. The Blue Jays aren’t that far behind. Right in the middle sit the New York Yankees, a team embroiled in the financial pressure of selling tickets to their new billion-dollar home as the most expensive roster in the MLB continues on a seven-game losing streak to the Red Sox.
The 6-5 loss last night was proof that the Yankees lack the closing power that has defined them for so many of the past seasons. It’s certainly hard to fault the offense. After all, the Yankees are ranked first in runs with 5.6 and second with 9.6 hits per game.
If you’re trying to pinpoint where the Yankees are stumbling, then look no further than the bullpen. A.J. Burnett has been a thorough (and expected) disappointment with a brutal 4.89 ERA, while C.C. Sabathia has allowed a 3.56 ERA and notched just five wins. (By the way, if you are looking do some sports betting, I found BetUS.com to be pretty decent). The high-profile bullpen is allowing too many runs and hits in the first-half of the season, allowing teams to mount a curious volume of runs against a bullpen which is supposed to rank in the league’s best.
Perhaps the juiciest part of what’s transpired in Manhatten is the fact that Mark Teixeira, who turned his back on the Red Sox over the off-season to sign as a Yankee, was the guy who couldn’t get the job done against Boston last night. He has 161 reasons not to worry about it too much, especially since it’s only June, but experts abroad are wondering if the Yankees have the closing power to stay with the fierce bullpen of Toronto, or the overwhelming dominance of the Boston Red Sox.
With Sabathia on the mound tonight, the Yankees have opened as -155 favorite on the moneyline as they take on the Boston Red Sox once again. Brad Penny will try to defend a strong 7-0 SU record that Boston holds over the Yankees, and with the Sox outscoring the Yanks 13-5 in the series thus far, things aren’t looking good for Sabby and the Yanks.
Of course, we’ve been here before. The Yankees are perennially one of the slowest starters in baseball betting. The only teams that will jeopardize New York’s chance at a playoff berth are Boston, Toronto (which has never closed the season well), Texas and the Angels. When you pay through the nose for a roster like the one New York has, you win games that you have no business winning.
They may not look cohesive, and they may be surrounded by in-house problems and concerns about Wang and Burnett, along with the continued tabloids about A-Roid, but this team has shown resolve when it matters. The problem for you betting on New York right now is that the first-half of the season doesn’t matter to them in the slightest.