Going in the wrong direction
The Yankees have been outscored by a 32-23 margin over the course of their four-game losing streak, which includes a 12-7 setback to the Mets as -144 home favorites Tuesday.
MLB handicappers need to take into account that injuries are starting to pile up on this aging roster, with outfielders Carlos Beltran (elbow) and Ichiro Suzuki (back) being the most recent players to miss action.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 10-9 after allowing 10 runs or more, with the 'under' cashing in 10 of those contests.
The Mets have put together a franchise-high six-game winning streak versus the Bronx Bombers, but they’ve still compiled a losing 42-54 record in 96 regular season games in the rivalry.
Third baseman David Wright is the main player to watch in this matchup, as he’s hit safely in 11 straight affairs—batting .392 with eight extra-base hits and 10 RBIs over that span.
It’s important when forming your MLB picks to point out that the club is 12-39 in its last 51 games as home underdogs of +110 to +150.
Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA) will make his first career appearance against the Mets, as he’s coming off a 5-3 road victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out.
The Japanese right-hander is unbeaten in his last 41 regular-season starts dating back to Aug. 19, 2012, which includes setting a Nippon Professional Baseball record by winning 28 consecutive decisions.
Tanaka’s 58 strikeouts is the fifth-highest total for any pitcher through his first seven MLB games since 1900.
Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero is set to make his MLB debut, as he’s made 72 minor league outings since being signed by the team as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.
The right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, with his last trip to the mound coming last Friday.
Montero will become just the second Met to make his first professional during this rivalry.
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Yankees as one of their MLB picks, as they’ve gone 14-7 as road favorites of -150 to -175 since the start of the 2012 campaign.
Free MLB Pick: Bet New York Yankees -170