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New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles - 5/15/19 Game One MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
Date & Time Wednesday May 15, 2019, 3:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
The Line
New York Yankees -250 / Baltimore Orioles +230 -- O/U: 9
TV Channel
MASN, YES
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The Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees meet in an AL East division matchup in MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to come out strong after having the series opener on Tuesday postponed, but will look to build some momentum after salvaging a 5-1 win against the Angels in their series finale on Sunday. Dwight Smith Jr. went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs while Chris Davis, Stevie Wilkerson and Pedro Severino each had a solo home run to round out Baltimore’s scoring as a team in the win. Jonathan Villar went 2 for 4 while Trey Mancini and Rio Ruiz had a base knock as well in the victory. John Means got the win to improve to 5-3 on the year after allowing one run on four hits while walking three and striking out four over six innings of work. David Hess will start game one and is 1-4 with a 5.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts this season. In his career, Hess is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 9 strikeouts against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series with Tampa Bay, including a 7-1 win in the series finale on Sunday. Gio Urshela went 1 for 5 with a double and two RBIs while Theiro Estrada has a solo home run. Mike Tauchman went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu each had an RBI and Austin Romine went 2 for 4 with a double of his own to cap off New York’s offense as a team in the win. Masahiro Tanaka got the win to improve to 3-3 this season after allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. J.A. Happ will start game one and is 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. In his career, Happ is 7-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 130 strikeouts against Baltimore.

Baltimore is 29-86 in their last 115 road games and 23-53 in their last 76 division games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. New York is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall and 86-42 in their last 128 home games while the over is 19-7-1 in their last 27 division games. Baltimore is 3-10 in the last 13 meetings between these two teams.

Hess has pitched better lately, but he was touched up for four runs against the Yankees in a start earlier this season. Happ was also passed around for four runs against the Orioles in his season debut, but these two teams have gone in completely different directions since then and Happ has the better offense behind him. Not to mention Happ has thrown shutouts in two of his last three starts. I’ll side with New York to draw first blood and to negate some of the heavy juice, I’ll side with New York on the RL.

Pick:
NY Yankees -1.5

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