The New York Yankees have won five straight games on their present road trip, with the UNDER going 4-1 in that stretch. Monday’s MLB slate has Joe Girardi’s club making a one-day stop for a doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians, who have heated up with an 8-1 mark in their last nine home dates.
Game 1 – Masterson (5-2, 3.67 ERA) vs Phelps (1-1, 5.02 ERA)
Cleveland’s Justin Masterson squares off with New York’s David Phelps in a duel of right-handed starters for the early opener.
Masterson lasted seven innings in Wednesday’s 4-3 win for Cleveland over the Oakland Athletics, cashing as a 111 home favorite. The Jamaica native gave up all three of Oakland’s runs, allowing four hits and two walks.
Phelps has logged a pair of no-decision’s in his two starts, with the most recent one coming this past Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies. The 26-year-old allowed two earned runs over six innings in a 3-2 victory for New York as a 113 road dog.
April’s series between these foes saw the Yankees sweep two wins at Progressive Field, outscoring the Indians by a combined margin of 25-7. New York notched 31 hits over the pair of battles, with the OVER easily collecting at 2-0.
MLB odds first opened Masterson as a 145 favorite, while first setting the ‘total’ at eight with a minus 115 lean to the UNDER. Cleveland’s weather forecast calls for a 45 degree afternoon, with a 21 percent chance of rain and 11 mph winds blowing left-to-right.
I am backing Phelps and the Yankees with my MLB picks in this opening matchup, taking a price of plus 125 odds.
New York is 4-0 in its last four road games against right-handed starters, while notching a 21-8 record in its last 29 spots played as the first game of a doubleheader. Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano has hit 6-for-13 in his last four outings, including two homers, while having an 8-for-19 career mark facing Masterson.
MLB Pick: New York Yankees +125 at Ladbrokes
Game 2 – Bauer (1-1, 2.70 ERA) vs Nuno (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The afternoon’s second tilt has Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer slated to oppose Yankees southpaw Vidal Nuno.
Bauer’s last MLB start came May 1 for Cleveland against the Philadelphia Phillies, holding his foes to one hit over five frames as a 118 home dog in a 6-0 victory. The 22-year-old then moved for a start this past Tuesday with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers, allowing no hits over 6 2/3 IP as part of a no-decision.
Nuno’s sole action for New York came last month in three innings of relief, holding the Houston Astros scoreless on four hits. The rookie made four starts for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders prior to that, logging a 2-0 record with a 1.54 ERA.
I am adding a ticket on the OVER for the second of my free picks in this duel, looking for both lineups to hang some runs against these arms.
The OVER is 6-2 in the second game of New York’s last eight doubleheader spots, while the same wager is 9-3 in Cleveland’s last 12 home dates against left-handed starters. Bauer brings a sizable 1.60 WHIP and .364 OBP into this battle, while two of the 13 hits Nuno gave up in the minors were home runs.
MLB Pick: OVER at Bet365