MLB Preview- New York Yankees at Cincinnati Reds
New York Yankees +105
Cincinnati Reds -125
Total – 9o -120
The New York Yankees kick-off a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds tonight at the Great American Ballpark as they continue their six-game interleague road trip. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally of ESPN.
New York routed Chicago 10-4 on Sunday as a 197 road favorite to take two of three games in the weekend series. The Yankees are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and 41-29 overall to remain just 1.5 games behind Boston in the AL East. They are 23-17 at home and 18-12 on the road.
Derek Jeter went on the 15-day DL with a calf strain, but New York’s powerful lineup has not missed a beat with 42 total runs in the six games he has missed. The Yankees are ranked second in the AL in scoring with an average of 5.3 runs a game. Right hander Ivan Nova will get the start tonight for New York. He is 6-4 in 13 previous outings and has a 4.46 ERA. Last Wednesday against Texas, he gave up four earned runs on seven hits, but still managed to get the win in just 5.2 innings of work.
Cincinnati avoided a weekend sweep to Toronto with a 2-1 victory as a 132 home favorite on Sunday. The Reds are now 38-25 overall and trail both St. Louis and Milwaukee in the NL Central by two games. They are 17-18 on the road and 21-17 at home this year.
Scoring was an issue against the Blue Jays as Cincinnati only managed a total of four runs in the three games which is highly unusual for a team that is ranked first in the National League with 349 runs. The Reds may not need to score too many runs tonight either with Johnny Cueto on the mound. He has been superb so far this season with a 4-2 record and an ERA of just 1.68 in eight previous starts. His last time out, he completely shut down the Dodgers; giving up one unearned run on five hits in seven innings of work.
These two teams have not faced one another since the 2008 season when the Reds won two of three on the road. This time around, stick with the hot arm of Cueto as Cincinnati takes the early edge in this series with a win.
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