MLB Picks: Pettitte & Yankees vs. Greinke & Dodgers

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:38 PM GMT

The Los Angeles Dodgers have fallen short of the betting total in three consecutive games, but that trend may reverse in their series opener with the New York Yankees Tuesday.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds of this interleague matchup at Dodger Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:10 p.m. ET.

Check out our Tuesday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Failure to put something together 

New York hasn’t won back-to-back games since June 11-12, but it does come off a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays as +135 home underdogs Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 8.

The Yankees are 5-7 against National League opponents this season, with the UNDER going 10-2 in that situation.

Red hot 

Los Angeles has won nine of its 10 games since the MLB All-Star break, including a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds as +102 home underdogs last time out, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest. 

The Dodgers are 18-5 this month—not losing a series since June 14-16. 

Pettitte 

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.39 ERA) has dropped back-to-back games, including a 3-1 road defeat to the Texas Rangers last time out, as he allowed two runs and eight hits over six frames. 

The left-hander is 4-4 with a 3.51 ERA in nine road games, surrendering eight home runs in 59 combined frames. 

In five career starts versus the Dodgers, Pettitte has tallied a 2-0 record and 3.94 ERA, with both of those victories coming at this ballpark. 

Greinke 

Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.49 ERA) had his personal five-game winning streak snapped last time out, as he suffered a 5-2 home defeat to the Reds, giving up four runs and six hits over seven innings of work. 

The right-hander is 5-1 with a 2.56 ERA in eight home games, issuing nine walks and striking out 42 batters in 52.2 combined frames. 

In 11 career games (eight starts) versus the Yankees, Greinke has tallied a losing 2-4 record and 6.45 ERA.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their MLB picks, as the OVER is 5-1 in the Dodgers’ last six games versus American League East opponents. 

MLB Pick:  Over 7