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New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14

Baltimore Orioles (37-34) at New York Yankees (37-33)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Ubaldo Jimenez (R) (2-8) (4.856) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (R) (4-5) (4.319)

The Line: New York Yankees -128 / Baltimore Orioles +118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, MY9, MLB Network

The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees will meet Friday night at Yankee Stadium for game on of three.

The Orioles have won six of their last 10 games and are doing what they can to remain in the AL East hunt. The Orioles pitching staff continues to be the most inconsistent part of their team, as they have the 22nd worst ERA at 4.01. The offense, however, is starting to be a little more consistent, as the Orioles have produced four or more runs in 10 of the first 17 games in the month on June. The Orioles are 27-10 this season when scoring more than three runs. Ubaldo Jimenez gets the start, and he’s 2-8 with a 4.86 ERA and has 68 strikeouts in 76 innings. Jimenez is 1-4 with a 6.67 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14

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The Yankees just swept the Toronto Blue Jays and have now won seven of their last nine games overall. The main difference during this stretch is the fact the Yankees have allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Yanks have the 19th ranked ERA in baseball at 3.95. Offensively, the Yankees are getting a lot more production as of late, including Mark Teixeira, who has an eight-game hitting streak. Hiroki Kuroda takes the hill, and he’s 4-5 with a 4.32 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in 83.1 innings. Kuroda is 3-3 with a 3.15 ERA in seven career starts against the Orioles. 

The Orioles are 1-6 in Jimenez's last 7 starts and 1-5 in Jimenez's last 6 starts vs. American League East. The Yankees are 4-11 in Kuroda's last 15 starts vs. American League East and 1-4 in Kuroda's last 5 starts overall. The Orioles are 18-37 in the last 55 meetings in New York.

Jimenez is a pitcher I just don't trust. I bet against him every chance I get and it's paid off and then some. I like the Yanks at home, esepcially with them picking up some confidence after a sweep over the Blue Jays.

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New York Yankees -128

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