Braves vs. Yankees - 8/28/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (69-57) at Atlanta Braves (54-73)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm (Turner Field)
Masahiro Tanaka (9-6) (3.61) vs. W Perez (4-4) (4.76)
The Line: Atlanta Braves / New York Yankees --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves begin a three-game series Friday night.
The New York Yankees need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Yankees have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Yankees have lost five of their last six when scoring three or less runs. Chase Headley leads New York with 123 hits and 50 RBI while Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius have combined for 88 RBI. The New York Yankees have split their last 10 road games. Masahiro Tanaka gets the nod, and he’s 9-6 with a 3.61 ERA and 103 strikeouts this season. This is Tanaka’s first career game against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves need a win after losing nine of their last 10 games. The Braves have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Braves have lost eight straight when scoring three or less runs. Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 147 hits and 48 RBI while Cameron Maybin and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 84 RBI. The Atlanta Braves have split their last eight home games. Williams Perez takes the hill, and he’s 4-4 with a 4.76 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. This is Perez’s first career game against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 9-4 in their last 13 during game 1 of a series and 12-5 in Tanakas last 17 starts. The Braves are 2-6 in their last 8 games following an off day and 0-6 in Perezs last 6 starts. The Yankees are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Atlanta and 6-2 in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Yankees better get out of their funk before it's too late, and Tanaka could be the guy to do just that. The Braves are a team clearly ready for the offseason. Give me the Yankees to strike first blood.