Tuesday, July 30, 10:10 p.m. (ET)
Television: MLB Extra Innings
Money Line: New York (+157) Los Angeles (-167)
Total Line: 7.5
Yankees kick-off an eight-game road trip with a quick two-game interleague set against Los Angeles starting with Tuesday night’s game. They are 3-3 in their last six games after pulling-out a 6-5 victory over Tampa Bay this past Sunday as 135 underdogs at home. Overall, New York is 55-50 and 7.5 games in back of Boston in the AL East title race. It is 26-25 on the road and the total has gone 3-6-1 in its last 10 games.
The return of Derek Jeter to the lineup has been a welcomed sight for a team that is ranked 12th in the American League in scoring with an average of 3.9 runs a game. Fortunately, the Yankees’ pitching has kept them competitive with a 3.73 team ERA. They will go with Andy Pettitte as their starter for this contest. The left-hander is 7-8 this season with a 4.39 ERA but coming off a strong outing last Wednesday in which he allowed just two earned runs in six innings. Lifetime, Pettitte is 2-0 against the Dodgers with an ERA on 3.94.
Los Angeles has reeled-off nine victories in its last 10 games to open-up a 2.5 game lead over Arizona in the NL West. It is now 56-48 overall and 30-24 at home. The total stayed UNDER in three of four games against Cincinnati this past weekend after both teams combined to score a total of just 15 runs in the entire series.
The Dodgers’ bats had been much more active before this sudden power shortage with a total of 41 runs their previous four outings. Overall, the team is averaging four runs a game which is ranked eighth in the National League. Los Angeles is ranked fifth in the NL in pitching with a team ERA of 3.53. It will go with Zack Greinke as its starter for Tuesday night. The right-hander is 5-1 at Dodgers Stadium this season with a 2.56 ERA. Overall, he is 8-3 with an ERA of 3.49. Against New York, Greinke is 2-4 with a 6.45 ERA.
Free MLB Pick
The Yankees have played well on the road this season, but they are facing a white-hot Dodgers’ team that has a strong pitcher on the mound especially in his home ballpark. This game could very well stay UNDER the total but the free MLB pick on the side is Los Angeles.
Los Angeles 4 New York 3
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