The St. Louis Cardinals have been placed in yet another quick turnaround situation, which will provide the New York Yankees a major edge Monday afternoon. Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this interleague matchup at Busch Stadium.
Life on the road
New York is 3-3 on its current nine-game road trip, as it comes off a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox as -183 favorites Sunday, while going 'over' the betting total for just the second time in 10 contests.
The Yankees have compiled a solid 11-7 record in their last 18 games away from the Bronx, which is far better than their 3-7 mark in their last 10 affairs at Yankee Stadium.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the New York Yankees are 9-8 as road underdogs of +150 to +175, with the 'under' going 10-5-2 in that situation.
No rest for the weary
St. Louis is a season-high six games above .500 heading into another nine-game homestand, but it lands in a difficult spot after picking up a 4-0 road win over the Cincinnati Reds on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
Cardinals leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter will need to lead a fatigued roster offensively, as he’s 12 for 29 over a seven-game hitting streak. MLB handicappers will find that the St. Louis Cardinals are 20-21 in interleague play since the start of the 2012 campaign.
Yankees starting pitcher Chase Whitley (0-0, 1.00 ERA) will be making his third appearance of the season—leading the team to a pair of victories, despite not pitching at least five innings to earn a win.
In his last six combined starters at Triple-A and the Majors, the right-hander has compiled a 3-0 record and 0.34 ERA.
Whitley will become the first New York pitcher to make a road start in each of his first three Major League games since 1996.
Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (3-3, 2.54 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision of a 3-2 home victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last time out, as he scattered just two hits over six shutout innings.
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA in five home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .246 against him (.209 on the road).
Wacha has compiled a 0-1 record and 2.25 ERA in two career interleague starts, as he prepares to face the Bronx Bombers for the first time.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks, as the Cardinals are 3-9 in their last 12 interleague games versus teams with a winning record.
Free MLB Pick: New York Yankees +155