Play the 'Total' for Yankees vs. Brewers

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 9, 2014 1:02 PM GMT

Friday, May. 9, 2014 1:02 PM GMT

Yovani Gallardo and Masahiro Tanaka both have the ability to pitch deep into ball games, which will lead to the Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees to fall below the betting total in Friday night’s series opener.

On the road again
New York is 9-7 away from the Bronx in the early going this season, as it captured two of three games against the Los Angeles Angels in its most recent series, including a 9-2 victory as +126 road underdogs Wednesday night. 

The Yankees have won four of six games against the Brewers during interleague play, but dropped two of three in their only visit to this ballpark in 2005.

MLB handicappers will find that the club is 2-1 as road favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the UNDER cashing in two of those opportunities.


Coming back to Earth
Milwaukee still owns a four-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central standings despite going 4-6 over its last 10 affairs—hitting .221 and compiling a 4.47 ERA over that span. 

Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun is still on the disabled list with a oblique strain, while third baseman Aramis Ramirez is mired in a 2-for-42 slump at the plate.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 20-14 as home underdogs of +100 to +125, with the UNDER going 18-16 in that situation.


Tanaka
Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (4-0, 2.53 ERA) has led the squad to five wins in his first six MLB outings, including a 9-3 home victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last time out—allowing three runs and eight hits over seven innings of work.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA in two road appearances, with opposing hitters batting just .236 against him.

Tanaka is unbeaten in his last 40 regular-season starts dating back to his time in Japan, as he prepares to face the Brewers for the first time in his career.


Gallardo
Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 2.47 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season last time out, as he surrendered four runs and nine hits over six frames in a 6-2 road defeat to the Cincinnati Reds.

The right-hander is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three home efforts—not allowing a home run in 19 combined innings.

Gallardo is winless in his last five trips to the mound, and will face the Yankees for the first time in his career.


Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, with the UNDER going 5-2 in Gallardo’s last seven starts as a home underdog. 

Pick: Under 7

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