Betting baseball fans and handicappers will not be able to resist action on this classic rivalry of top favorites to win the American League pennant for the 2011 baseball wagering season.
It may be Spring Training exhibition baseball but it is still the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox going at it Friday night with a start time of 7:05 PM ET.
Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup of hated American League East Division rivals so be sure and open your account today for action on what could be a preview of the American League Playoffs.
After missing the playoffs last year with a record of 89-73 there is a renewed sense of optimism for the Boston Red Sox entering the 2011 season. The Tampa Bay Rays roster was decimated by free agency so that leaves the Red Sox and Yankees as the clear front runners in the American League East Division.
The big new addition for the Red Sox was first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who arrives from the San Diego Padres and spacious PETCO Park. Gonzalez would figure to be a perfect match for Boston’s Fenway Park and a key asset with the baseball betting odds. Last year Gonzalez hit 31 home runs with 101 runs batted in and had a .298 batting average.
All of those numbers are expected to significantly increase at Boston. Rookie shortstop Jose Iglesias is expected to have a major impact and is a man to watch in Spring Training.
The New York Yankees are always a favorite to win the World Series with the baseball lines and are again this year although there was disappointment in the offseason as they were unable to land Cliff Lee from the Texas Rangers to bolster their starting rotation.
Jesus Montero is the player to watch in Spring Training as the rookie catcher is making a bid for the starting job. Jorge Posada will move to designated hitter and Russell Martin is the other contender for catcher.
Boston opened at Sports-Gambling as a strong +400 betting baseball favorite to win the World Series while the Bronx Bombers were a +600 selection to win it all for 2011.