Sometimes rivalries can wait.
After weather postponed the Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees' season opener on Thursday, the two historic clubs are set to take to the diamond today at 1:05 p.m.
When last season’s playoffs began, the Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in the American League wild-card game, only to get tossed around in the division series by the Tampa Bay Rays. Thursday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchup wipes the slate clean.
FrontPageBets presents its best bets for the rivalry.
Red Sox (+135) to defeat Yankees at New York (1:05 p.m.)
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Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi vs. Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole is a repeat of the wild-card matchup. Eovaldi was solid, giving up one run with eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings, while Cole was knocked around, giving up three runs in just two innings of work.
Consider Cole the more determined starter in this one. He had a 4.14 ERA in 12 second-half starts last season, not even counting his wild-card stumble. Even more concerning is his 4.91 ERA and 1.500 WHIP against the Red Sox in four starts last season, with nine walks and five home runs allowed.
Eovaldi had 34 strikeouts in 34 innings against the Yankees last season, and had a 3.71 ERA despite giving up five home runs.
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