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New York Yankees (18-12) vs. Colorado Rockies (18-13)
Just as I stated about teams of equal talent; these two teams fit the mold, as the red hot Huroki Kuroda (4-1, 2.25) and the Yanks take on Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18) and the Rockies
Kuroda is Sizzling!
This has been a Yankees team that has found ways to win by any means necessary without their superstars. Kuroda has been a huge help as he’s been the most reliable pitcher on the Yankees pitching staff. He’s coming off of a 7 inning gem in which he held the Astros scoreless en route to a Yankees 7-4 victory.
A team needs that reliable pitcher when things go bad, and although Sabathia is the ace of the pitching staff, Kuroda has been the go to guy, and he’ll be challenged by a high powered Rockies offense that possesses the likes of Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Willin Rosario, and the red hot Michael Cuddyer.
Kuroda is just 1-5 for his career against the Rockies with a 5.52 ERA in 10 starts.
De La Rosa, on the other hand, looks to improve upon his last performance in which he gave up 6 runs and 11 hits in a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Up until the outing, he’s had a respectable season.
The Yankees want this to be a low scoring game controlled by Kuroda and the Rockies are looking for a slugfest in this hitter friendly venue. Can Kuroda keep up the exceptional pitching will be the key to this game?
Key Note: Carlos Gonzalez is a lifetime 6 for 15 with 1 HR and 6 RBI against Kuroda.
The Yankees are a +101 slight betting underdog in the eyes of the MLB odds makers, and although Colorado has a flat-out scary lineup, Huroki Kuroda has been unflappable. New York wins here.
Pick- New York Yankees +101 at 5 Dimes
Chicago White Sox (13-17) at New York Mets (12-16)
The Harvey Express
Pitching phenom, Matt Harvey has exceeded any expectations as expectations were very high for this young man at the beginning of the season.
Harvey is off to a 4-0 start with a 1.56 ERA this season, allowing the opposition to a mere .153 BA. The question is can Harvey keep this pace up all season? If he can, you’re going to see very low betting totals on offer.
The Mets are a -153 betting favorite, and the total for the game is 6.5.
Harvey is opposed by reliever turned starter, Hector Santiago (1-1, 2.19). Except for 1 poor outing against Tampa Bay, Santiago has been spot on perfect. The problem with Santiago is that you’re not going to see him go past 5 innings or we haven’t seen it yet.
Chicago has had a problem hitting all season. They rank 29th in the league in runs, 29th in batting average, and 30th in on base percentage. This isn’t a recipe for winning and it shows with their record. Facing Matt Harvey will be a tall order from the team from the South Side.
One major disappointment for the Sox has been the play of Paul Konerko. Konerko is a veteran the the Sox have been able to count on for 30 plus home runs, 100 plus runs batted in, and a .300 batting average. Thus far, Konerko has yet to find the groove as he’s hitting a mere.225 on the season with 4 HR and 19 RBI.
The Wright Way
The Mets have been led by superstar, David Wright, and Wright has been hitting with power as of late. The 3rd baseman has hit a home run in each of his last 3 games along with 4 RBI and 6 for 13 batting overall. Wright got his big contract, is in his prime, and is starting to look like a big-time player.
With all of that said, Wright is not a huge fan of the dimensions at CitiField. For the second of my free picks, I’m going to buy a ½ run and stick with the pitching in this game. Take the UNDER.
Pick- Mets/White Sox UNDER 7 -146 (1/2 run bought)
Good Luck, Everyone!