Yankees Get Lucky 7th at Expense Of Cardinals

New York Yankees players in field

Willie Bee

Sunday, April 16, 2017 4:34 PM GMT

Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017 4:34 PM GMT

Easter Sunday finds the Cardinals laying a big egg on the season so far and underdogs on the MLB odds to turn it around against the Yankees in ESPN's prime-time telecast.

It's just the second regular season interleague series between the Cardinals and Yankees in New York, hardly enough to draw concrete trends in the rivalry. Still, 52+ years is a long, long time for St. Louis to go winless in any locale.

Off to one of their worst starts in more recent memory, the Cardinals will try to end that streak Sunday night against a red-hot group of Yankees who have won six in a row to creep within a half-game of the AL East lead. ESPN's broadcast begins at 8 PM (ET) with Michael Pineda taking the mound a few minutes later against Adam Wainwright. The morning line has New York -138 with 8 for the total.

Both games in the series so far have stayed 'under' the MLB odds, the Yankees winning Friday by a 4-3 count and picking up a 3rd-straight 1-run win Saturday with a 3-2 decision.

 

Both Hurlers Making 1st Starts Against Opposing Teams

Wainwright's two starts this season have each gone into the loss column for both him and the Cards. The most recent came this past Tuesday in Washington where the Nationals pounded out 11 hits and scored six times before chasing Wainwright in the fifth inning. The big righthander struggled away from St. Louis last season when he posted a 6.18 ERA on the road compared to 3.20 at home, and he's facing the Yankees for the first time in his career.

Pineda faced the Rays twice to begin the season, dropping a poor effort at Tampa Bay 11 days ago and then bouncing back with a very nice performance earlier this week at home. The 6-7 Dominican is sending a lot of hitters back to their dugouts with a K on the scorecard, whiffing 17 in his 11.1 innings without a single walk. New York dropped both of his interleague assignments a season ago as he also prepares to face St. Louis for the first time.

 

Umpire Notes, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

Crew chief Jeff Kellogg will be south of the dish for the series finale, his fourth plate assignment of 2017. Two of the previous three slid 'under' the totals, Kellogg's only 'over' of the campaign a Phillies out against the Nationals on April 8 when Philadelphia sent it past the total in the bottom of the first with a 12-run explosion. Now in his 27th season, Kellogg's last two appearances at Yankee Stadium were 'over' winners.

There is a slight chance of rain in the Bronx this evening when Pineda's first pitch should be delivered around 78 on the thermometer, but the biggest weather concern right now is the wind which will be in the 15-18 mph range from the WSW (out to left). I'm riding the hot hand in this one and playing the home team with a run-line play for my free baseball pick.

 

Free MLB Pick: Yankees -1½ Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

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