Yankees Momentum Calls for Scores to Go 'Over' vs. Orioles

Swinging Johnson

Friday, October 2, 2015 3:41 PM GMT

The New York Yankees open up their final series of the season fresh off a playoff clinching victory over the Red Sox last night. Let's see what the MLB odds makers have in store for this game.

The Yankees Win!
Last night was a big night indeed. The Yankees staved off a four-game sweep at the hands of their arch-rivals the Boston Red Sox with a 4-1 win. It was just no ordinary victory because it not only punched their ticket as a wild card entry into the postseason but was also the franchise's 10,000th victory. It made all the sense in the world that these milestones were played in the Bronx against their ancient adversaries from Boston.

This game tonight is not one devoid of consequence despite the fact that the Yankees are guaranteed a winner-take-all wild card game with either Houston, Los Angeles or Minnesota. One more win and the Bombers can insure that the wildcard game will be played in the Bronx amidst New York's frenzied fans.

Twenty-one year-old rookie Luis Severino (5-3, 2.77 ERA) will take the mound tonight and he has been money recently. Severino has allowed only two runs or fewer in six of his last seven starts, registering a 2-0 mark with a 1.53 ERA over his last three contests. He spun another gem going six scoreless innings in Sunday's 6-1 win over the Chicago White Sox where the MLB odds makers installed him as a -190 betting favorite. He did not disappoint.

 

O's Playing Out the String
Depending upon your perspective the Orioles are either in a three way tie for third place in the AL East or last. That's right the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles all have exactly the same 78-81 record this morning after 159 games into the regular season. Last night's 6-4 victory over the division winning Blue Jays assured Baltimore fans they would not have to see their club at the bottom of what's become known as the AL Least.

Tonight the O's will send Wei-Yin Chen (10-8, 3.35) to the bump. The southpaw is 2-1 with a 2.29 ERA over his last three starts after getting whacked around on September 7th by the Yankees to the tune of five runs and nine hits, including a pair of homers, in five innings in an 8-6 loss. Chen is 4-5 when starting against the Yankees with an ERA of 4.61 and a WHIP of 1.329. For those who have included Chen in their MLB picks when he suits up against the Yanks over the course of his career his team's record is 5-9 (-4.0 units) in these starts which means he has cost his backers money over the years. Chen is 1-1 with a 5.46 ERA in five career home starts against New York.

 

MLB Pick
I like the matchup here for New York. The Yankees are riding a wave of euphoria after clinching last night and getting three homers to boot. They have a young kid chuckin' tonight in Severino who is either blissfully unaware or blithely unconcerned just how big the stakes are getting. The kid has stated that he wants the ball in the wildcard matchup next week but that distinction will most likely go to Masahiro Tanaka.

Nevertheless tonight we have a pitcher who has been on fire versus one whose last poor pitching performance came against the very same team he will face tonight. This is not an unimportant game for the Yankees and it is also one that young Mr. Severino will want to showcase his prodigious skills yet again to prove he could indeed be the man to turn to if Tanaka continues to be plagued by his nagging injuries.

MLB Pick: Yankees over 7 at BetOnline

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