Pick Tanaka & Yankees -185 vs. Orioles

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:41 PM GMT

Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2014 1:41 PM GMT

The New York Yankees will turn to their Japanese import Wednesday night, as they continue a series against the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. With the MLB odds favoring Tanaka, would bettors be crazy to go against him?

Let’s take a closer look at the pro baseball odds for this American League East matchup at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Follow our full coverage of the Orioles and Yankees series.

Quite a display
Baltimore scored a season-high 14 runs and tallied 20 hits for the first time in nearly three years Tuesday afternoon, as it picked up a 14-5 victory over New York as +102 road underdogs, while going OVER the betting total of 8.5.

The Orioles have had 16 straight non-losing season series against the Yankees since 1998, including a 9-10 mark a year ago.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 17-14 as underdogs of +150 to +175 when playing away from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

 

Back to even
New York has split its first eight games, as it continues to move forward without the services of starting first baseman Mark Teixeira and closer David Robertson—both landing on the 15-day disabled list to start the season. 

The Yankees are 4-0 when leading after six innings and 0-4 when trailing at that juncture of the game, which adds pressure to the starting rotation due to the bullpen missing one of its best arms. 

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 7-7 when allowing 10 runs or more since the start of the 2012 campaign.

 

Gonzalez
Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 18.90 ERA) suffered a 10-4 road loss to the Detroit Tigers last Friday, as he allowed seven runs and nine hits over 3.1 innings of work.

The right-hander has tallied a even 2-2 record and 6.06 ERA in six career outings in April, with opposing hitters batting .310 against him. 

In five previous appearances at this ballpark, Gonzalez has compiled a 2-2 record and 4.25 ERA.

 

Tanaka
Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.57 ERA) picked up a 7-3 road victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in his MLB debut last week, as he surrendered three runs (two earned) and six hits over seven frames. 

The right-hander hasn’t lost a regular-season game since Aug. 19, 2012, as he went 24-0 with the Rakuten Eagles in Japan a year ago.

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Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their pro baseball picks, as the Orioles have dropped Gonzalez’ last six outings as a road underdog. 

MLB Pick:  New York Yankees -185
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