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New York Yankees vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/17/14

Pittsburgh Pirates (17-23) at New York Yankees (21-19)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Edinson Volquez (R) (1-3) (4.572) vs. David Phelps (R) (0-0) (4.356)

The Line: New York Yankees -131 / Pittsburgh Pirates +121 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh, YES

The New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates face off on Saturday in the Bronx for game one of their interleague series.

The New York Yankees continue to battle this season as they approach regaining the lead in the AL East. The Yankees are 9-10 at home, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have win their last two games. As a team the Yankees are hitting .266 with Yangervis Solarte hitting .324, Brett Gardener hitting .290, and Jacoby Ellsbury hitting .284. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 4.29 with the starters at 4.24 and the bullpen at 4.37. For Friday’s game the Yankees start David Phelps who doesn’t have a decision this season. For the year Phelps has allowed 21 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 20 over 22 innings for a 4.09 ERA.

New York Yankees vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 5/17/14

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The Pittsburgh Pirates lost a heart breaker in Milwaukee o Thursday but they have little time to think about it as they head to Yankee Stadium. The Pirates are 5-12 on the road this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they are 8.5 games back in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .248 with Andrew McCutchen hitting .306, Neil Walker hitting .265, and Starling Marte hitting .265. As a team the Pirates pitching staff has an ERA of 3.84 with the starters at 4.39 and the bullpen at 2.84. For game one against the Yankees the Pirates start Edinson Volquez who has lost his last three decisions. For the season Volquez has allowed 39 hits and 21 earned runs while striking out 25 over 43.1 innings for a 1-3 record and a 4.36 ERA.

New York is 204 in their last six interleague games, 1-5 as a home favorite, and 7-1 in Phelps’ last eight home starts. Pittsburgh is 14-5 in their last 19 interleague games, 2-6 against the AL East, and 1-6 in their last seven road games. Pittsburgh is 2-7 in their last nine games against the Yankees.

Volquez just doesn’t seem to have it right now and he should be batting practice for the Yankees here. 

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