The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers both struggled last week, logging a combined 3-9 mark over their last six games. Tuesday’s MLB slate has the foes opening a pair of matchups at Yankee Stadium, with Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes (3-5, 4.89 ERA) facing Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-2, 2.85 ERA).
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Yankees, Dodgers look to regroup
Los Angeles began its road trip with this past weekend’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, going 1-2 with the sole win thanks to Clayton Kershaw cashing on the hill as 163 ‘chalk.’ The pair of defeats saw Don Mattingly’s club outscored by a combined 9-3 margin, despite edging the Pirates in hits both times out.
New York ended a five-game losing streak with Sunday’s 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, cashing for my followers as 127 road dogs. Yankees third baseman Jayson Nix poked one of his side’s four doubles in a 3-for-4 day, while Travis Hafner cracked a three-run homer from the cleanup spot.
Hughes loses in Oakland
Hughes picked up a second loss in three starts with Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat for New York as a 104 road dog against the Oakland Athletics. The 26-year-old allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings, giving up a long ball to Oakland’s Brandon Moss as part of four hits.
New York’s Ichiro Suzuki had his team’s best bat with a 2-for-4 night, while Vernon Wells struck out once going 0-for-4. Yankees mates Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano were held to a combined 1-for-7 from the lineup’s top two spots, leaving no men on base.
Ryu ripped at home
Hyun-Jin Ryu notched a no-decision on the same night’s card, giving up 11 hits to the Arizona Diamondbacks in an 8-6 defeat for Los Angeles. The South Korea native allowed three runs over six frames, failing to collect as a minus 102 home choice.
Dodgers relievers Chris Withrow and Ronald Belisario logged a blown save and loss for their staff, respectively, with the matchup lasting 12 innings. Los Angeles came away with 12 hits, including Ryu helping his own cause with an RBI-triple.
Back the Dodgers as short dogs
MLB odds first opened Hughes as a 122 home favorite, with early wagers on Los Angeles dropping the betting lines to minus 111. The ‘total’ opened at eight, moving flat after first listed with a 115 lean to the OVER.
I am tailing the ‘steam’ here, adding Ryu and the Dodgers to my MLB picks. New York has dropped its last four interleague games, while hitting just .228 against left-handed pitching at home.
Ryu logged a stellar outing in his latest start against an American League club, holding the Angels to two hits in a complete-game shutout, three weeks ago. The southpaw has also held his own in road outings, including a New York appearance against the Mets – allowing one run over seven frames.
Hughes has been overvalued, with the Yankees going 1-4 in the righty’s five starts as a home favorite. The span’s latest pair of duels saw the seventh-year hurler lit up for 12 runs over a combined five innings.
Dodgers second baseman Nick Punto has a double in his three at-bat’s facing Hughes, while coming in with a four-game hitting streak. Look for Los Angeles to hand Hughes and Co. a losing ticket here, stealing the front end of this set at a plus price.Free MLB Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers +101 at Bet365