New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/16/14 Game 1
Chicago Cubs (4-8) at New York Yankees (7-6)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
Jason Hammel (R) (2-0) (2.634) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (R) (1-0) (3.214)
The Line: New York Yankees -206 / Chicago Cubs +191 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Chicago, My9
The New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs face off on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium for game one of their interleague series in game one of a double header.
The New York Yankees are tied atop the AL East as they enter their third week of the 2014 MLB season. The Yankees are 4-3 at home, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Yankees are hitting .273 as Jacoby Ellsbury leads New York in hitting averaging .362, Yangervis Solarte is averaging .357, Carlos Beltran is hitting .311, and Derek Jeter is hitting .286 in his final season. The Yankees pitching staff has an ERA of 4.18 with the starters at 4.48 and the bullpen at 3.48. For game one against the Cubbies the Yankees start Masahiro Tanaka on the hill. In his two starts Tanaka has allowed 13 hits and five earned runs while striking out 18 over 14 innings for a 1-0 record and a 3.21 ERA.
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The Chicago Cubs are in last place in the NL Central as they have committed to the youth movement and building the team from within. The Cubs are 2-4 on the road, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Cubs are hitting .241 with Emilio Bonifacio hitting .392, Anthony Rizzo hitting .319, and Starlin Castro hitting .300. The Chicago pitching staff has an ERA of 4.17 with the starters at 4.06 and the bullpen at 4.36. For game one in the Bronx the Cubs send Jason Hammel to the mound for the start. This season Hammel has allowed five hits and four runs while striking out 11 over 13.2 innings for a 2-0 record and a 2.63 ERA.
New York is 4-1 in game one of a series, 6-2 as a favorite, and 83-40 in their last 123 interleague games. Chicago is 13-6 in their last 19 interleague games, 6-13 against a team with a winning record, and 3012 in their last 15 road games. Chicago is 1-5 in their last six games in New York.
The Yankees are a big favorite here making this one unplayable for me as I simply don’t lay these kind of odds but I could throw the Yankees in a parlay as they are the easy choice here.
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