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New York Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies - 7/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Colorado Rockies at New York Yankees
Date & Time Saturday July 20, 2019, 1:05 PM (EDT)
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
The Line
New York Yankees: -1.5 (-135) / Colorado Rockies: 1.5 (+115)
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The Colorado Rockies and the New York Yankees meet in game two of a three game interleague set in MLB action from Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

The Colorado Rockies will look to rebound after dropping five in a row following a series opening 8-2 loss to the Yanks in game one on Friday. Ryan McMahon had a solo home run while Garrett Hampson added an RBI double to round out Colorado’s scoring as a team in the loss. Ian Desmond and Chris Iannetta each went 2 for 4 with a double while Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado and Daniel Murphy each had a base hit as well in the defeat. Kyle Freeland took the loss, falling to 2-7 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits while walking three and striking out six over four innings of work. Antonio Senzatela will start game two and is 8-6 with a 5.79 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. This will be Senzatela’s first career start against the Yankees.

The New York Yankees will look to keep the momentum going after winning four in a row following their victory in game one on Friday. Edwin Encarnacion had a grand slam while Aaron Judge added a home run and two RBIs and DJ LeMahieu added two RBIs of his own in the win. Mike Tauchman went 3 for 4 with a double while Aaron Hicks and Gleyber Torres each went 2 for 4. Luke Voit added a base hit of his own to round out New York’s offense as a team in the victory. J.A. Happ got the win to improve to 8-5 on the year after allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out eight over five innings of work. Stephen Tarpley closed out the final three innings for his 2nd save of the season. Masahiro Tanaka will start game two and is 6-5 with a 3.81 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. This will be Tanaka’s first career start against Colorado.

Colorado is 0-5 in their last 5 games and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the under is 12-3-1 in Senzatela’s last 16 road starts. New York is 6-0 in Tanaka’s last 6 starts and 38-13 in their last 51 home games against a right-handed starter while the under is 4-1-1 in Tanaka’s last 6 interleague starts. Colorado is 2-7 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in New York.

Colorado is sliding at a terrible time right now, and I’m not sure sending Senzatela to the bump here is going to help matters. Senzatela has allowed 15 runs in his last 9.2 innings across two starts, and while a lot of his struggles have to do with playing at Coors Field, it’s not like Yankee Stadium isn’t a hitter friendly park either. Tanaka has had ups and downs in his own right, but the Yankees have won each of his last six starts and Tanaka has had the majority of his success at home, where he is 5-2 with a 2.86 ERA this season. I think another Yankee beatdown could be on the cards, so I’ll side with New York for the win and to cut down the heavy juice, I’ll side with New York on the RL.

New York Yankees: -1.5 (-135)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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