Generation Gap Goes to Dodgers When They Face The Yankees Again

Julio Urias pitching during a Dodgers game

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 5:14 PM UTC

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016 5:14 PM UTC

The Dodgers took the opener last night in their three-game set with the Yankees in the Bronx. Let’s analyze the matchups, as well as the MLB odds, as we look to cash once again.

Something seemed a bit out of whack last night as the MLB odds makers installed the Dodgers, with their rookie pitcher Jose De Leon making only his second start, as fairly good sized favorites over the host New York Yankees. We pounced on them early in our MLB picks and fortunately got them at -126 but that number continued to climb all the way to -155! Yes, I liked the matchup with DeLeon against another rookie in Bryan Mitchell of the Yankees but the irony was Mitchell had just tossed five innings of scoreless ball in his last outing and was now a substantial home dog.

Though the -126 was barely palatable we took the plunge anyway and LA came away an 8-2 winner. How this number soared to the north of half a dollar is beyond me but I could see I was on the sharp side early and so did some of my fellow tweeters. If you would like to know when my games are released follow me @SwingeratSBR and let’s cash together!


Youth Versus Experience
Julio Urias (4-2, 3.59, 1.37) will be pitching in Yankee Stadium for the time in his limited major league career. The recently turned 20-year-old (yes, you read that right) has not appeared in a game since September 2nd when he bruised his fingers on his throwing hand after attempting a bunt against the San Diego Padres. In that game, he tossed five-plus innings before he was removed and allowed two runs on three hits in the team’s 4-2 loss. He was scratched last week and it is rumored that this could be his last start of the season as he is nearing his season innings cap with 113 1/3 frames pitched between the parent club and Triple-A Oklahoma.

On the other side of the generation gap, we have C.C. Sabathia (8-12, 4.27, 1.36) who has grown weary as the season has progressed. The 36-year-old southpaw started out like a house on fire with a 4-2 mark complemented by a 0.82 ERA. However, since that time he has gone 3-8 with a 5.79 ERA in his last 15 starts. In his last outing, he was yanked after four innings when he allowed three runs on seven hits in what resulted in a 5-4 win over Tampa Bay last Thursday.


Betting Analysis
I am backing the visitors as I did last night in this East Coast/West Coast rivalry but I do have some trepidation about the young rookie pitching at the iconic Yankee Stadium for the first time in his career after coming off an injury to the fingers on his pitching hand. I also question how long Dodgers manager Dave Roberts will let him go with innings restrictions firmly in mind. However, I take solace in a rock solid LA bullpen that should be able to finish the job once Urias departs.

I am also fading the old war-horse C.C. Sabathia. The aging veteran experienced his shortest stint of the season in his last appearance when he was pulled after just four innings. Despite that, he looked solid in his previous two outings where he allowed a combined five runs over 12 plus innings pitched. Therefore this is not a slam dunk play by any means and I would caution you to tread lightly.

That being said we will look for the red-hot Dodgers to continue their NL West title quest and notch a second straight win over their hosts tonight.


Free MLB Pick: Dodgers -123
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Swinger's MLB Record: 74-49, +23.42 units


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