The New York Yankees paid off as huge underdogs (+168) last night, as they scored one run in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth to cap off a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tonight, Andy Pettitte will toe the rubber for Yankees, who are once again listed as underdogs; but this time they are +115 on the MLB odds boards, while the total is coming in at 7 runs with a price tag of -120 on the over.
The veteran lefty is off to a perfect 3-0 start this season with a stellar 2.02 ERA. Additionally, the Yankees are 18-8 in their last 26 games versus the Rays when Pettitte is the team’s starter, which also includes a 9-3 mark on the road.
Meanwhile, the Rays will counter by trotting right hander Alex Cobb to the mound, who is also off to a fine start with a 2-1 record to go along with an impressive 2.53 ERA. Cobb has made three starts against the Bronx Bombers in his career, winning one, losing one and earning a no decision, while accumulating a 3.15 ERA.
Backing the Yankees as underdogs behind Pettitte holds tremendous value in this game and one that is worthy of our MLB Picks of the day.
MLB Pick: Yankees +115
The Los Angeles Dodgers will attempt to beat the New York Mets for the second time in as many nights, while trying to earn a third straight win on the highway.
With three starters on the DL, the Dodgers are forced to call upon 37-year-old left-hander Teddy Lilly (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to out-duel Mets righty Matt Harvey, who is off to a sensational 4-0 start to along with a gaudy 0.93 ERA.
Most Baseball betting sites are favoring the Mets by -160 on the money line behind Harvey, while posting an over/under total at just 6 ½ runs.
The Dodgers have gone over the total in six of their last seven games overall and five consecutive against the Mets.
The Mets feature the top offense in the league, averaging 5.6 runs per game, while surrendering nearly 5 per game on defense (4.9). Those numbers have translated into six of the Mets last seven games going over the posted total.
Harvey’s ERA is ridiculous after four starts, but 6 ½ runs is just to low of a number to ignore – especially will a pitcher like Lilly on the mound for the Dodgers.
MLB Pick: Over The 6 ½ Run Total