The San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees meet Saturday in MLB action from Yankee Stadium. This will be the second installment in a three-game series. In the Friday opener, San Diego powered out a three-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
San Diego Padres
The Padres took on the Nationals this week, winning two of three games in that series. On Friday versus New York, San Diego posted two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings during a 5-1 victory. Starter Joe Musgrove lasted 6.1 innings with one earned on six hits, no walks and six Ks.
As starter for the Saturday game two, the Padres will send out Michael Wacha. In his nine starts so far Wacha is 5-1 with a 3.58 ERA and 45 Ks in 50.1 innings. Wacha is 79-51 with a 4.03 ERA in 234 career games (213 starts).
New York Yankees
Over on the Yankees’ side, they had trouble with the Orioles in their last series and lost two of three matchups. In Friday’s game versus San Diego, New York couldn’t score until the sixth inning in the loss. Randy Vasquez managed 4.2 innings with two earned, four hits and three walks.
Luis Severino will take the mound for the Yankees on Saturday. In his lone start this year Severino put up 4.2 innings with one earned on four hits and a walk. Severino is 50-29 with a 3.38 ERA in 123 career games (108 starts).
The Padres are 3-7 in their last 10 versus the AL East and 0-7 in their last seven in game two of a series. The under is 8-1-1 in San Diego’s last 10 in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 6-1 in their last seven Saturday games and 40-16 in their last 56 versus a team with a losing record. New York is 79-36 in their last 115 in game two of a series.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll stick with the Padres. Wacha is on a roll these days. In his last three starts combined, Wacha has just one earned on nine hits and five walks in 19.0 innings. He’s gone 3-0 in that stretch as well. As for Severino, it’ll be interesting to see what he can do in his second start of the year. A quality start would go a long way for everyone’s confidence level. On Friday San Diego got a nice offensive effort, and Steven Wilson’s performance on the mound will keep the pen fresh. The Padres are set up well here.