Baseball Betting: Interleague rivalries on tap this week

The New York Yankees have a date with the Boston Red Sox at home this weekend, but before they get to that series they'll be looking to take care of business and continue to pay off on the baseball betting lines against the New York Mets.

The Yankees and Mets will meet four times early this week – twice at Citi Field, and then twice at Yankee Stadium – and the Bronx Bombers have had very little trouble with their cross-town rivals in the past few seasons. The Yankees overall are 14-6 over their past 10 games against the Mets dating back to 2009, and they went 5-1 against them last season to prove to be a lucrative betting option in that interleague matchup.

The Yankees' Phil Hughes (2-3, 5.51 ERA) is slated to take on the Mets' Jon Niese (3-5, 4.80 ERA) in the opener of the series at Citi Field on Monday night, with the Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67 ERA) in line to face the Mets' Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.93 ERA) in Tuesday night's matchup.

Righthander Kuroda left his last start early after taking a comebacker off the leg, but he's expected to be fine for Tuesday's contest. Righthander Harvey won his first four starts of the season, but since then he's just 1-0 with five no-decisions over six outings. The Mets are 7-3 in Harvey's 10 starts; he's fanned 74 and walked 17 in 70 innings.

The Yankees and the Red Sox will be meeting for the second time this season on the weekend, with Boston beating New York twice at Yankee Stadium in their three-game series back at the beginning of April. Overall, though, the Red Sox are only 3-7 over their past 10 games against the Yankees on the MLB betting lines, and totals bettors have watched the OVER/UNDER go 4-6 in the last 10 Yankees vs. BoSox games.

Boston will warm up for its series against the Yankees with four games against the Philadelphia Phillies starting on Monday night – the first two games are at Fenway Park before they shift to Citizens Bank Park for two more contests. Boston won two of three games against Philadelphia last season, and they're 6-4 in their past 10 meetings.

As well, the Battle of Ohio is on the schedule this week as the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians meet for four games starting on Monday. Last season the Reds won all three games against the Indians in Cincinnati, and the Indians then returned the favor by winning all three games against the Reds in Cleveland. Historically this series has been close, with the teams splitting their last 20 meetings with 10 wins apiece.

Elsewhere on the schedule this week, the Detroit Tigers will have four games against the Pittsburgh Pirates starting Monday night before they head to Baltimore for a weekend series against the Orioles. The Tigers have Justin Verlander (5-4, 3.66 ERA) scheduled to pitch on Monday, meaning he'd also get a turn against Baltimore later in the week. The righthander has given up 13 runs over his last 7 2-3 innings pitched.



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