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I’ve had some success with these weekend series bets in the past so with some big divisional rivalry games going on this weekend I thought it would be best to go back to the well.

Boston (even) vs. New York (-130)

Boston projected starters: Jon Lester, Felix Doubront, Clay Buchholz

New York projected starters: C.C Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda

The Red Sox took two of three in the Bronx to open the season earlier in the year as it was Lester and Buchholz who got the wins while Dempster took the loss. The two that got Boston’s wins in that series will take the hill again this weekend but I’m expecting some different results.

First off, New York trails Boston by two games in the AL East and comes into this series an angry bunch having just been swept by the Mets in a four-game series. Injuries have hurt New York all year but it seems like their role players (who’ve been everyday players to this point) are wearing down and the offense struggled because of it against their cross-town rivals. New York likely got caught looking ahead to this AL East rivalry and overlooked the lackluster Mets.

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Good news is on the horizon though for Yankees fans though as 1B Mark Teixeira is scheduled to return to the lineup tonight and his bat should provide some much needed pop to New York’s offense. The Yankees have just been trying to “tread water” for the first half of the year while they attempt to get healthy and now as guys are slowly coming back I expect this team to go on a bit of a run here soon.

Secondly, C.C. Sabathia took the loss to Lester in that opening day game as a tough 2nd inning cost him that day. He is one guy that hasn’t forgotten about that outing and the Yankees couldn’t be happier to have him start in the opener.

Then as the series goes on they get to start their 2nd and 3rd guys in their rotation which is a huge plus. Pitching has been good for New York this year and they should do enough to hold the Boston bats down two of three times in this series.

Take New York

L.A. Dodgers (-125) vs. Colorado (-105)

L.A. projected starters: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu

Colorado projected starters: Jon Garland, Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa

Many would look at these six starters on paper and think the Dodgers will run away with this series. But L.A. is stuck in a year-long slump here and with Matt Kemp now on the DL, scoring runs will be hard to come by.

L.A. already lost two of three at home to the Rockies earlier this year and that lone win did come in a Ryu vs. De La Rosa matchup which should happen again here. But Kershaw is 0-3 SU in his last three starts in Colorado and who knows what you’ll get from Greinke.

Like the Yankees, Colorado comes into this series with a bit of a chip on their shoulder having lost three of four to the Astros this week, seemingly giving away games in the standings. They were still hitting the ball well and if their bullpen can hold onto leads for them in this series there is no reason to think they can’t win two of three.

Take Colorado.

  
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