New York has won three games in a row, including a 6-4 extra-innings victory over St. Louis as +161 road underdogs Monday, while going 'over' the betting total for the third time in four contests.
The Yankees have the highest win percentage in interleague play among teams in baseball since it started, while their starting rotation has allowed three or fewer runs in 12 straight affairs.
MLB handicappers will find that the club is 3-4 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season, with the 'under' going 5-2 in that situation.
Time to get Offensive
St. Louis is playing its best baseball of the season despite dropping yesterday’s series opener, as it has won seven of its last 10 games, with many members of the lineup starting to get things done offensively.
Cardinals' outfielder Matt Holliday has reached base safely in all 22 home games in 2014, while catcher Yadier Molina is batting .380 in his last 13 contests.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 34-23 as home favorites of -125 to -150.
David Phelps (1-1, 3.18 ERA) will be making his fifth start and 14th appearance for the Yankees, as he suffered his first loss of the season in a 3-2 road defeat to the Chicago White Sox last Thursday.
The right-hander has recorded a 2.21 ERA and .205 opponents’ batting average at night this season—compared to a 4.61 ERA and .302 opponents’ batting average during the day.
Phelps has compiled a 1-1 record and 5.51 ERA in four career outings versus NL foes.
Cardinals' starting pitcher Lance Lynn (5-2, 3.60 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, but he didn’t earn a decision in a 4-2 home victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out.
The right-hander is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in four home appearances—not surrendering a home run in 24 combined frames.
In his last five interleague appearances, Lynn has gone 0-3 with a 6.39 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cardinals as one of their MLB picks, as the Yankees are 1-5 in Phelps’ last six starts as a road underdog.
MLB Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -140