MLB Betting: Yanks still need wins

By: Jimmy Sirody | Saturday, September 25, 2010
Dustin Moseley

The New York Yankees are 5-3 in Dustin Moseley’s eight starts this season.

The New York Yankees apparently don't want the American League East title. The Yankees still needed only a combination of wins and Boston Red Sox losses adding up to three to clinch a playoff berth as play began Saturday.


But New York's hopes of winning the division and securing the substantial edge of home field advantage through the first two rounds of the playoffs grow dimmer by the day.

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New York manager Joe Girardi calls on retread Dustin Moseley (4-3, 4.94) Sunday night when his Yankees play their final home game of the regular season against the Red Sox. They are counting on Moseley to pull them out of a tailspin that threatens to undo all the fine work they did over the first 151 games of the MLB betting season

Moseley, who has been mediocre most of the season, has been tapped to make a spot start in place of Phil Hughes, who is being skipped due to his innings limits.

New York is 5-3 in Moseley's eight starts this season. The defending champs have scored 49 runs in the five wins and a grand total of six in the three losses.

Despite injuries that ended the seasons of all-stars Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis and other starters, Terry Francona's Red Sox were 17 games over .500 entering Saturday's game.

It was clear months ago that the Red Sox were undermanned compared with the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. However, the Red Sox have avoided long losing streaks, which suggests that the team still fights.

Fans tuning in Sunday night to watch this game on ESPN shouldn't expect a pitcher's duel.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (9-6, 4.86) has allowed four earned runs or more in his last seven starts, and in eight of his last nine. In four September outings, Matsuzaka is 1-2 with an 8.34 ERA. However, in 13 road starts this year he is 5-2 with a 4.62 ERA.

The Boston right-hander has faced the Yankees once this season (May 17) and was on the wrong end of an 11-9 score in the Bronx. He was torched for nine hits and seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Boston is 1-5 in Matsuzaka's last six starts against New York. However, the Red Sox are 11-4 in his last 15 starts versus a team with a winning record and 25-10 in his past 35 road outings.

Veteran arbiter Phil Cuzzi will be behind the plate for the series finale. The Yankees have won six in a row with Cuzzi calling the balls and strikes. In addition, the ‘under' is 8-2-3 in his last 13 assignments behind the dish.


 

 
 
 
 
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