MLB Picks and best odds: Boston vs New York - underdog Red Sox ( ) have a point to prove over Yankees ( ) in what could be a high scoring encounter

Our MLB expert looks ahead to this classic American League rivalry between the Red Sox and Yankees in the Bronx as Aaron Judge looks to break Roger Maris’s home run record in Yankee Stadium...

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John Lepore

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John is a respected MLB analyst, author and handicapper who has over 10 years' experience of betting big on baseball.

MLB expert picks: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees (Friday, September 23: 7.00 EDT)

FixtureBoston Red Sox @ New York Yankees
WhenFriday, September 23, 7:00 EDT
Likely StartersRich Hill vs. Gerrit Cole
Where to watchApple TV

Red Sox at Yankees - records don't matter in fierce AL rivalry

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Despite the fact there is little to play for between these two great rivals a clash between the Red Sox and Yankees is always worth watching - © Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

This is one of the fiercest rivalries in baseball. Even as we sit with the Boston Red Sox mired in last place and the New York Yankees in first in the American League East. The Sox have been a team of extreme ups and downs. They have two World Series rings and four first-place finishes in the last 11 years. They have also finished in the last four times with this season looking like the fifth. The Yankees have virtually locked up the AL East, but that doesn’t matter much when it comes to these teams.

Rich Hill, aka Dick Mountain, will be taking the mound for the Sox on Friday. The left-hander has been a decent third starter for Boston this season at 7-7 and a 4.70 ERA. Surprisingly, he hasn’t faced the Yankees this year in his 23 starts. He has been hittable since the All-Star break, allowing four or more runs in five of his eight starts. The Yankees are right-handed heavy as a lineup and could get to Hill early.

New York counters with Gerrit Cole. The ace has been excellent this year as usual. He leads the league in strikeouts with 236. However, he also leads the league in home runs allowed with 29. That will be the tactic the Sox will use to get to Cole as they have during the season. In 16 innings that Cole has thrown against Boston in 2022, he has given up six homers.

Red Sox player to watch: Reese McGuire

This may be an unlikely Sox player to see here, but the catcher has been raking in his limited time in Boston. McGuire came to the Red Sox at the trade deadline from the Chicago White Sox. At that time, he was slashing a miserable .225/.261/.285. During his stint on the East Coast, the left-handed hitter has a line of .394/.429/.521.

Yankees player to watch: Gerrit Cole

Aaron Judge would be the easy answer here during his historic season, but Cole’s accomplishments have been largely overlooked. He is 12-7 with a 3.41 ERA and has thrown 24 more innings than the next guy on the Yankees. He has struck out at least eight batters in 17 of his 30 outings. While Boston seems to hit him well, Cole will be looking to tame his rivals with only a couple of starts before the playoffs.

All eyes will be on Judge and I'm am sure he would like nothing better than to break Roger Maris’s AL HR record in Yankee Stadium against the Sox. Cole historically doesn’t pitch well against Boston as he holds a 4.28 ERA in 14 starts against the Sox. He has allowed 17 bombs in those outings as well. This rivalry is always a tough one to pick. Go with the underdog and definitely bang the over.

MLB Picks:

- Red Sox at

- Over

MLB quick picks for Friday, September 23:

- Phillies vs. Braves @

- Mets vs Athletics Under

- Angels vs Twins Over if the line is 7.5 or better

MLB
7/18/2023, 10:40 PM
Milwaukee
Milwaukee @
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
MLB
7/18/2023, 11:05 PM
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers @
Baltimore
Baltimore
MLB
7/18/2023, 11:05 PM
Cleveland
Cleveland @
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
MLB
7/18/2023, 11:07 PM
San Diego
San Diego @
Toronto
Toronto
MLB
7/18/2023, 11:10 PM
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
MLB
7/18/2023, 11:10 PM
Chi. White Sox
Chi. White Sox @
NY Mets
NY Mets
MLB
7/18/2023, 11:20 PM
Arizona
Arizona @
Atlanta
Atlanta
MLB
7/18/2023, 11:45 PM
Miami
Miami @
St. Louis
St. Louis
MLB
7/19/2023, 12:05 AM
Washington
Washington @
Chi. Cubs
Chi. Cubs
MLB
7/19/2023, 12:05 AM
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay @
Texas
Texas
MLB
7/19/2023, 12:10 AM
Detroit
Detroit @
Kansas City
Kansas City
MLB
7/19/2023, 12:40 AM
Houston
Houston @
Colorado
Colorado
MLB
7/19/2023, 1:38 AM
NY Yankees
NY Yankees @
LA Angels
LA Angels
MLB
7/19/2023, 1:40 AM
Boston
Boston @
Oakland
Oakland
MLB
7/19/2023, 1:40 AM
Minnesota
Minnesota @
Seattle
Seattle
MLB
7/19/2023, 4:35 PM
Cleveland
Cleveland @
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
MLB
7/19/2023, 5:05 PM
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers @
Baltimore
Baltimore
MLB
7/19/2023, 6:05 PM
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay @
Texas
Texas
MLB
7/19/2023, 6:15 PM
Miami
Miami @
St. Louis
St. Louis
MLB
7/19/2023, 7:10 PM
Houston
Houston @
Colorado
Colorado
MLB
7/19/2023, 7:37 PM
Boston
Boston @
Oakland
Oakland
MLB
7/19/2023, 10:40 PM
Milwaukee
Milwaukee @
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
MLB
7/19/2023, 11:07 PM
San Diego
San Diego @
Toronto
Toronto
MLB
7/19/2023, 11:07 PM
NY Yankees
NY Yankees @
LA Angels
LA Angels
MLB
7/19/2023, 11:10 PM
Chi. White Sox
Chi. White Sox @
NY Mets
NY Mets
MLB
7/19/2023, 11:10 PM
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
MLB
7/19/2023, 11:20 PM
Arizona
Arizona @
Atlanta
Atlanta
MLB
7/20/2023, 12:05 AM
Washington
Washington @
Chi. Cubs
Chi. Cubs
MLB
7/20/2023, 12:10 AM
Detroit
Detroit @
Kansas City
Kansas City
MLB
7/20/2023, 1:40 AM
Minnesota
Minnesota @
Seattle
Seattle
MLB
7/20/2023, 4:20 PM
Arizona
Arizona @
Atlanta
Atlanta
MLB
7/20/2023, 4:35 PM
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
MLB
7/20/2023, 4:35 PM
Milwaukee
Milwaukee @
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
MLB
7/20/2023, 5:07 PM
San Diego
San Diego @
Toronto
Toronto
MLB
7/20/2023, 5:10 PM
Chi. White Sox
Chi. White Sox @
NY Mets
NY Mets
MLB
7/20/2023, 6:10 PM
Detroit
Detroit @
Kansas City
Kansas City
MLB
7/20/2023, 7:40 PM
Minnesota
Minnesota @
Seattle
Seattle
MLB
7/20/2023, 10:40 PM
Baltimore
Baltimore @
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
MLB
7/21/2023, 12:05 AM
St. Louis
St. Louis @
Chi. Cubs
Chi. Cubs
MLB
7/21/2023, 1:40 AM
Houston
Houston @
Oakland
Oakland
MLB
7/21/2023, 6:20 PM
St. Louis
St. Louis @
Chi. Cubs
Chi. Cubs
MLB
7/21/2023, 10:40 PM
Colorado
Colorado @
Miami
Miami
MLB
7/21/2023, 10:40 PM
San Diego
San Diego @
Detroit
Detroit
MLB
7/21/2023, 10:40 PM
Baltimore
Baltimore @
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
MLB
7/21/2023, 11:05 PM
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Washington
Washington
MLB
7/21/2023, 11:05 PM
Kansas City
Kansas City @
NY Yankees
NY Yankees
MLB
7/21/2023, 11:10 PM
Philadelphia
Philadelphia @
Cleveland
Cleveland
MLB
7/21/2023, 11:10 PM
NY Mets
NY Mets @
Boston
Boston
MLB
7/21/2023, 11:10 PM
Arizona
Arizona @
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
MLB
7/22/2023, 12:05 AM
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers @
Texas
Texas
MLB
7/22/2023, 12:10 AM
Chi. White Sox
Chi. White Sox @
Minnesota
Minnesota
MLB
7/22/2023, 12:10 AM
Atlanta
Atlanta @
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
MLB
7/22/2023, 1:38 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @
LA Angels
LA Angels
MLB
7/22/2023, 1:40 AM
Houston
Houston @
Oakland
Oakland
MLB
7/22/2023, 2:10 AM
Toronto
Toronto @
Seattle
Seattle
MLB
7/22/2023, 5:05 PM
Kansas City
Kansas City @
NY Yankees
NY Yankees
MLB
7/22/2023, 5:10 PM
Colorado
Colorado @
Miami
Miami
MLB
7/22/2023, 6:20 PM
St. Louis
St. Louis @
Chi. Cubs
Chi. Cubs
MLB
7/22/2023, 8:05 PM
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers @
Texas
Texas
MLB
7/22/2023, 8:10 PM
NY Mets
NY Mets @
Boston
Boston
MLB
7/22/2023, 8:10 PM
Toronto
Toronto @
Seattle
Seattle
MLB
7/22/2023, 8:10 PM
Baltimore
Baltimore @
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
MLB
7/22/2023, 8:10 PM
Arizona
Arizona @
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
MLB
7/22/2023, 10:10 PM
San Diego
San Diego @
Detroit
Detroit
MLB
7/22/2023, 11:05 PM
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Washington
Washington
MLB
7/22/2023, 11:10 PM
Philadelphia
Philadelphia @
Cleveland
Cleveland
MLB
7/22/2023, 11:15 PM
Atlanta
Atlanta @
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
MLB
7/22/2023, 11:15 PM
Chi. White Sox
Chi. White Sox @
Minnesota
Minnesota
MLB
7/23/2023, 1:07 AM
Houston
Houston @
Oakland
Oakland
MLB
7/23/2023, 1:07 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @
LA Angels
LA Angels
MLB
7/23/2023, 4:05 PM
San Diego
San Diego @
Detroit
Detroit
MLB
7/23/2023, 5:35 PM
Kansas City
Kansas City @
NY Yankees
NY Yankees
MLB
7/23/2023, 5:35 PM
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Washington
Washington
MLB
7/23/2023, 5:40 PM
Philadelphia
Philadelphia @
Cleveland
Cleveland
MLB
7/23/2023, 5:40 PM
Baltimore
Baltimore @
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
MLB
7/23/2023, 5:40 PM
Arizona
Arizona @
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
MLB
7/23/2023, 5:40 PM
Colorado
Colorado @
Miami
Miami
MLB
7/23/2023, 6:10 PM
Atlanta
Atlanta @
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
MLB
7/23/2023, 6:10 PM
Chi. White Sox
Chi. White Sox @
Minnesota
Minnesota
MLB
7/23/2023, 6:20 PM
St. Louis
St. Louis @
Chi. Cubs
Chi. Cubs
MLB
7/23/2023, 6:35 PM
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers @
Texas
Texas
MLB
7/23/2023, 8:07 PM
Houston
Houston @
Oakland
Oakland
MLB
7/23/2023, 8:07 PM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @
LA Angels
LA Angels
MLB
7/23/2023, 8:10 PM
Toronto
Toronto @
Seattle
Seattle
MLB
7/23/2023, 11:10 PM
NY Mets
NY Mets @
Boston
Boston
MLB
7/24/2023, 5:10 PM
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Detroit
Detroit
MLB
7/24/2023, 11:10 PM
Kansas City
Kansas City @
Cleveland
Cleveland
MLB
7/25/2023, 12:10 AM
Texas
Texas @
Houston
Houston
MLB
7/25/2023, 1:40 AM
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh @
San Diego
San Diego
MLB
7/25/2023, 1:40 AM
St. Louis
St. Louis @
Arizona
Arizona
MLB
7/25/2023, 2:10 AM
Toronto
Toronto @
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers

Last updated: Jul 18, 2:05 PM UTC

MLB Odds

Moneyline
Run Line
Total
Odds Settings
Game
Jul 17, 23 @ 11:10 PM UTC
San Francisco
San Francisco @
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Jul 18, 23 @ 10:40 PM UTC
Milwaukee
Milwaukee @
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Jul 18, 23 @ 11:05 PM UTC
Cleveland
Cleveland @
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Jul 18, 23 @ 11:05 PM UTC
LA Dodgers
LA Dodgers @
Baltimore
Baltimore

Odds updated: Jul 18, 2:08 PM UTC