The Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees meet Monday in MLB action from Yankee Stadium. This matchup marks the finale in a three-game weekend series. New York took a six-run win in the opener, then (after a rainout Saturday) in the game two matchup Arizona took a dominant win to even it up. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Diamondbacks were only able to muster five team hits in the Friday opener of this series, losing 7-1. Arizona’s only run came on a Christian Walker homer in the ninth. In the Sunday matchup, the Diamondbacks scored twice in the first inning and never looked back in a 7-1 victory. Christian Walker (run) and Evan Longoria each provided two RBI in the win.
As starter for the Monday game Arizona is going with Merrill Kelly. This year in his 28 starts Kelly is 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA and 177 Ks in 165.2 innings. Kelly is 3-2 with a 4.32 ERA over his last seven starts.
Arizona Diamondbacks Team Facts
The home team has won nine of the Diamondbacks' last 10 games.
The Diamondbacks have failed to cover the run line in eight of their last nine day games against American League opponents.
The Diamondbacks have led after 7 innings in each of their last 10 Monday games as favorites.
The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Diamondbacks' last three day games.
The Diamondbacks have trailed after 3 innings in three of their last four games as favorites against AL East opponents.
New York Yankees
Over on the Yankees’ side, they got a monster game from right fielder Aaron Judge in the Friday win. Judge posted three homers, four hits and six RBI to carry the victory. In game two New York had a couple of sketchy pitching performances from Carlos Rodon (6.1 innings; three earned) and Randy Vasquez (2.1 innings; two earned) on the way to the loss, and the offense couldn’t do much of anything to help outside of a late Judge RBI. New York has now officially been eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since 2016.
In the starting pitcher slot Monday, the Yankees are sending out Clarke Schmidt. So far over his 31 games (30 starts), Schmidt is 9-9 with a 4.65 ERA and 143 Ks in 151.0 innings. Schmidt is 1-3 over his last seven starts with a 6.00 ERA.
New York Yankees Team Facts
The Yankees have won each of their last eight day games against NL West opponents following a loss.
The Yankees have failed to cover the run line in each of their last nine day games against National League opponents.
The Yankees have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last four day games.
The Yankees have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three day games.
The Yankees have led after 7 innings in seven of their last 10 games as underdogs.
The New York Yankees rank 30th in the league for doubles this season (210).
The New York Yankees rank 29th in the league for hits this season (1150).
The Arizona Diamondbacks rank T1st in the league for triples this season (41).
The Arizona Diamondbacks rank 4th in the league for steals this season (156).
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I might take a stab on the Diamondbacks here. Kelly has one bad start and two good ones in his last trio. In the bad one Kelly put up 5.0 innings with seven earned in a loss to the Mets. In the other pair Kelly has a combined 12.1 innings, two earned, seven hits and eight walks for a 1-0 record. If he can manage a quality start here, Arizona will be set. In Sunday’s game, the Diamondbacks made the most out of eight team hits and really came on strong late against the Yankees’ bullpen. That makes six or more runs in six of the last seven games for Arizona, and I like them to keep it up in the rubber match for a series victory.