The New York Mets have never had their starting pitcher make their professional debut in consecutive games, which will provide the New York Yankees an edge Thursday night. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup.
Back in the win column
The Yankees snapped a four-game losing streak by picking up a 4-0 victory over the Mets as -146 road favorites on Wednesday, while going 'under' the betting total for the first time in seven affairs. All eyes will be on shortstop Derek Jeter, who will be playing his final regular-season Subway Series game—entering the series finale with a .367 career batting average versus the Mets.
MLB handicappers will find that the club is 11-14 when playing teams with a losing record during the 2014 campaign.
The Wright Stuff
The Mets are 3-3 against AL opponents this season, but they’ve captured six of their last seven meetings versus the Yankees dating back to 2013. Third baseman David Wright has put together a .375 batting average in his last eight home games in this rivalry, as he looks to start a new hitting streak after having an 11-game run come to an end last night. Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is a dismal 8-16 after getting shut out, with the 'over' going 15-9 in that situation.
Whitley Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley will be making his first trip to the mound at the MLB level, as he’s compiled a 3-2 record and 2.39 ERA in seven games (six starts) in the minors this season. The right-hander has made 13 starts at Triple-A over the course of his career—going 4-1 with a 1.38 ERA and .192 opponents’ batting average. Whitley was selected by the team in the 15th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.
The Mets will have a starting pitcher make his MLB debut in consecutive games for the first time in franchise history, with Jacob deGrom being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas. The right-hander has registered a perfect 4-0 record and 2.58 ERA this season, as he follows fellow rookie Rafael Montero, who took the loss in his debut Wednesday.
Prediction: I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks, as the Mets have fallen in defeat in each of their last six interleague home games.
Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees