San Diego Padres vs. New York Yankees - 7/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (39-39) at San Diego Padres (33-46)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm (PETCO Park)
N Eovaldi (6-5) (5.19) vs. Colin Rea (4-3) (4.93)
The Line: San Diego Padres +126 / New York Yankees -136 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, FSSD
Friday evening at Petco Park, the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres will be kicking off their weekend MLB series.
The Yankees are coming off a four-game set with the Rangers. New York dropped the first two games, then won Wednesday’s matchup 9-7. On Thursday, the Yankees eked out a walk-off 2-1 victory to even the series.
As for the Padres, they just finished up against the Orioles. San Diego lost both those games, allowing 23 runs in the process.
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For Friday’s game, the Yankees will be rolling with right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. In his 15 starts and 6-5 record this year, Eovaldi has put up a 5.19 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP in 86.2 total innings. Back on Sunday against the Twins, Eovaldi took his third straight loss with five earned on six hits in six innings.
At the plate, New York features a few notable hitters. Carlos Beltran leads the way on 78 hits with 42 runs, 19 homers and 53 RBI. Didi Gregorius has hit 76 times with eight homers, 36 RBI and 30 runs. Gregorius posted a key solo homer on Thursday. As for Starlin Castro, he’s doing pretty well with 74 hits, 27 runs, 10 homers and 30 RBI thus far.
Over on the Padres’ side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Colin Rea on the mound. In his 15 games (14 starts), Rea has managed a 4.81 ERA with a 1.41 WHIP for a 4-3 record in 76.2 innings overall. On Friday against the Reds, Rea surrendered three earned on four hits in five innings for a victory.
San Diego has a few key hitters in the meaty part of their order as well. Wil Myers leads the team on 85 hits with 18 homers, 55 RBI and 52 runs. Matt Kemp has hit 81 times with 16 homers, 53 RBI and 38 runs. Jon Jay has a team-high 24 doubles with 80 hits, 35 runs and 23 RBI for a .296 average on the season.
The Yankees are 5-1 in their last six Friday games, and 2-5 in their last seven interleague games. New York is also 2-6 in their last eight against the National League west, and 1-4 in their last five interleague road games.
As for the Padres, they’re 5-1 in their last six Friday games, and 3-7 in their last 10 home games. San Diego is also 2-8 in their last 10 interleague games, and 1-5 in their last six against the American League East.
I’m not thrilled about either team in this one, but I’ll give the Padres a slight advantage against a road-weary Yankees crew far from home in the opener.