Yankees and Red Sox Favored in Baseball Futures to Start the Season

Baseball futures favor the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox as the 2010 Major League Baseball Season begins.

The Red Sox host the Yankees in this baseball betting opener on Sunday night in a game that can be seen on ESPN 2.

Baseball futures list the Yankees as the favorite to win the World Series this season with the Red Sox right behind them.  These two American League East powers in baseball futures will go at it many times this season beginning with Sunday’s regular season baseball betting opener.  CC Sabathia gets the start for New York while the Red Sox counter with Josh Beckett. Sabathia is glad that Spring Training is over. "I'm just trying to get out and feel good," Sabathia said about his last start. "The changeup was up, and I was just kind of all over the place with the two-seamer. It was one of those days, but I got my work in. I'll go work in the bullpen and try to get it corrected before Sunday."  Sabathia loves pitching on the big stage and he is ready for Opening Day. "I think he loves having the ball in big situations -- the challenge of it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I think he enjoys it. You can just see it. He loves that competitive feeling, going out there and being in a big game, whether it was a playoff game or a game down the stretch. You could see that he really loved it."

Sabathia won 19 games a year ago but baseball futures indicate he lost the season opener at Baltimore. He wanted the ball on Sunday though for the opener at Boston. "You want to do it again, and this is the first step," Sabathia said. "It's Opening Day, we open the season, so you always get a little bit of butterflies. Last year was a lot, being new to the Yankees, but you still get the Opening Day jitters. It's going to be exciting. It's always exciting when you're going to Boston. I'm definitely going to have to keep my emotions in check and stay calm, and throw strikes."

Baseball futures indicate that the Red Sox will counter with Josh Beckett who allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) over six innings in his last spring training start.