Nathan Eovaldi (9-7, 4.78 ERA) and Bartolo Colon (9-6, 3.58 ERA) start in the second of a two-game series between the New York Yankees (54-53) and the New York Mets (55-52) at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees won the last game 9-5, and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 4 and can be seen on SNY and WPIX.
Eovaldi pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 6-3 defeat to the Rays. Carlos Beltran (.300, 51 Rs, 23 HRs, 65 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Colon went 5.0 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-2 defeat to the Rockies in his most recent start. Yoenis Cespedes (.292, 49 Rs, 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
New York is a -127 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. Though the Yankees have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-496), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 36-23. In interleague play, they have a solid 5-2 record as the favorite but a 6-9 SU. The Yankees have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.9 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play New York. The Yankees are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 4.4 runs per game. The Yankees are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.4 hits per game so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who lead the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 14-17 record and an overall money line of -962. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-2 record when playing as the underdog. The Mets allow just 3.6 runs per game, ranking them third in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Mets are fifth in the NL with an average of 8.4 hits allowed per game.
The Yankees lead the season series, 2-1. The Yankees have a 39-34 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Colon takes the mound. Eovaldi (RHP) will be on the hill against the Mets, who have a 42-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees recorded at least two errors for the 11th time this season.
The Yankees managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Mets who are coming in with a 14-7 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Yankees are 10-43. The Mets have a 16-39 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd, the Yankees are near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 108 this season. The Mets rank in the top 10 at eighth with 139.
The Yankees and the Mets both rank in the top half of the league in hits. The Yankees sit at 13th with 8.32 hits per game and the Mets rank 15th with 7.92.
The Yankees and the Mets both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. The Yankees sit at 28th with an OPS of .702 and the Mets rank 21st with an OPS of .721.
The Mets are 24-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 33-43 when they allow at least one homer.