New York Yankees (8-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-3)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 4:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
JA Happ (0-0) (9.00) vs. Zack Wheeler (1-0) (1.29)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +115 / New York Yankees -135 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees meet Wednesday in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park.
This is technically game two of a five-game set between these teams this week, as the schedule has been adjusted due to positive virus tests in the league recently. This will also be the first installment of a Wednesday doubleheader. As far as the series, New York won Monday’s game, taking it 6-3 mostly on the strength of the home run. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
New York is cooking right now in the win column at 8-1 overall, and they’re getting lots of production via the long ball. Aaron Judge leads the way with six homers on the year with a .314 batting average, 11 runs and 14 RBI. DJ LeMahieu is also playing great with a .412 average, 14 hits, seven runs, two homers and five RBI. It’s not all roses, though; some Yankees like Miguel Andujar (.125 BA), Gary Sanchez (.080 BA) and Brett Gardner (.105 BA) haven’t gotten going yet.
In the Wednesday game one start, the Yankees will send out JA Happ. Last season Happ was 12-8 with a 4.91 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 161.1 innings of work. So far in 2020, Happ is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and two Ks in 4.0 innings during one start.
Over on the Phillies’ side, their relatively small number of games played so far makes it hard to nail down trends and tendencies, but we’re learning more about a few guys. Catcher JT Realmuto leads the team in at-bats but is hitting a tepid .235 with two runs, a homer and three RBI. Jean Segura has three hits, two runs, one RBI and a .200 batting average. Didi Gregorius is a bright spot however, with a .333 BA, three runs, five hits and two solo homers.
In Wednesday’s matchup, Philadelphia will go with Zack Wheeler in the starting role. Last season, Wheeler went 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA and 195 strikeouts in 195.1 innings of work. In his debut with the Phillies, Wheeler had a successful outing versus the Marlins. He managed one run in seven innings with four strikeouts in a victory.
The Phillies are 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series and 7-3 in the last 10 interleague road games. Philadelphia is 27-56 in their last 83 games as an underdog and 1-4 in their last five games overall.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 7-0 in the last seven overall and 4-1 in the last five interleague games. New York is 14-4 in their last 18 Wednesday games and 42-13 in their last 55 home games.
Pick: I’m leaning Yankees here. Granted, with the roll that New York is on to start out this season we’ll see thick lines all over the place but they’re warranted. The Yankees really haven’t gotten going across their full lineup yet, and if the hitters can put it together consistently across the order it’s going to be a sight to see. Wheeler should be able to keep things manageable while he’s in there, but I have to think the Yanks will break through sooner rather than later.