Chicago dropped two of three games against the St. Louis Cardinals to open up its current road trip, including a 6-4 defeat as +210 underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total for a seventh consecutive affair.
The Cubs rank 19th in the league in hitting .241 on the season, while tied for 22nd in tallying 10 home runs.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 18-17 versus American League opponents.
A Much Needed Break
New York has suffered plenty of early-season injuries in the opening weeks of the 2014 campaign, but manager Joe Girardi will likely have shortstop Derek Jeter back in the lineup, as he’s missed the last two games with a quadriceps injury.
The Yankees are 4-3 on their current nine-game homestand—picking up a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox as -108 home favorites on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
MLB handicappers will find that the club is 25-8 in its last 33 games versus NL Central opponents.
Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 5-4 home loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates last Tuesday, as he allowed one run and four hits over six innings of work.
The left-hander went 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 14 road efforts in 2013, with opposing hitters batting .216 against him.
Wood suffered a 5-3 home loss in his only career outing versus the Bronx Bombers on June 20, 2011—surrendering four earned runs in seven frames.
Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50 ERA) picked up a 4-1 home victory over the Boston Red Sox last time out, as he gave up just a single run on four hits over six innings.
The right-hander was the subject of controversy in that affair, with television cameras showing an unknown substance on his throwing hand.
Pineda will be facing the Cubs for the first time in his career, as he prepares to make just his second start in front of the home crowd in pinstripes.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks in the second game of this day-night doubleheader, as I believe they hold a major edge in terms of long relief in this matchup.
MLB Pick: New York Yankees