The Yankees rallied for seven runs against the Twins bullpen to take a 14-12 win last night. Tonight they play the rubber match at Target Field with the Twins starting Jake Odorizzi (6-0 at home) and the Yanks giving the ball to J.A. Happ (3-0 on the road). Zank digs into some of the key match-up stats and gives out his top pick.
Minnesota roughed up Yankees starter CC Sabathia for seven runs (6 earned) in the opener to draw first blood in 8-6 victory. This time around the runs may be scarcer with Domingo German getting the start for New York and Kyle Gibson getting the honors for Minnesota. MLB prognosticator Dan Jamison weighs out the matchup and points out a couple of key trends to back up his suggested bet.
Boston and Tampa meet up tonight with both clubs not playing at their peak. Boston just dropped two of three at Baltimore and the Rays have lost five of their last six and have hit a meager .204 over their last seven games. The Rays have scored two or fewer runs in four of their last five games. On the bright side for the Red Sox, Eduardo Rodriguez has pitched well as of late, allowing only 4 earned runs in his last 18 innings which is good for a 1.96 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Conversely, the Rays have beaten the Sox five our of the last six meetings. Check out Dan’s take on how this one will play out.
The linesmaker has set the total line at 11.5 runs which is no surprise considering the probables Joe Ross for the Nats and Kevin Gausman for the Braves. Handicapper Darin Zank calls the starters a wash, but a couple of stats stood out for him in his research. Check out his detailed analysis of some key metrics and get his projected moneyline winner.
Arizona starter Zack Grienke has pitched well against the Brewers projected lineup holding them to a career .220 batting average. He is coming off a poor outing in his latest, but that outing was after extended rest due to the All-Star break. Zank analyzes the starters plus a slew of other metrics to come up with his play on tonight’s game.
The Astros got a strong start by Justin Verlander to win the series opener but the it’s a big drop down to rookie Jose Urquidy who is expected to start today for Houston. The rookie right-hander has certainly not impressed in his two career starts but is that enough to play the Rangers tonight? Read on to get our handicapper’s game analysis and prediction.
The Mets will look to even up the series tonight in the second of four games in San Francisco against the Giants. deGrom gets the ball for the Mets while Tyler Beede gets the starting honors for the Giants. Read on to see who holds the edges in a variety of key stats for this game.