The New York Yankees had put together a nice little string of games going into Saturday's action, winning seven of their last eight contests. But there was heartbreak ahead.
VietBet customers know that they have to be a bit down on themselves after blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning and losing 6-4 to the Toronto Blue Jays, especially as Toronto was able to break a string of 17 consecutive losses at Yankee Stadium. As things currently stand, these clubs are in a tie for second place in the American League East, and they are also knotted up for the AL's second wild card spot (pending late results on Saturday). In Sunday's baseball betting action, they will play host to Toronto at 1:05 PM ET at Yankee Stadium.
In the wake of injuries to four starting pitchers, including Masahiro Tanaka, who has an elbow problem that might keep him out the rest of the season, the Yankees have turned to less experienced people. One of them, Shane Greene (2-1, 2.84 ERA), will get the start on Sunday afternoon. he will be opposed by J.A. Happ, a southpaw who is 8-5 with a 4.38 ERA.
New York Yankees (Greene - R) -139
Toronto Blue Jays (Happ - L) +129
Over 9 Runs -110
Under 9 Runs -110
What's interesting to note for VietBet customers is how the Yankee starting pitchers have responded since Tanaka went down, as they have put together a 2.46 ERA. This is not to suggest that they are going to be able to go to the wire with the group they currently have, however. At least it's difficult to feel comfortable with it, which is why MLB bettors might expect that the Bronx Bombers could be in action before the trade deadline.
We've said it before, and we will say it again - with the injuries they have experienced this season, along with the inability of new acquisitions like Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to produce anything meaningful (despite homers by both of them on Saturday), it's a wonder the Yankees are in playoff contention at all, and a lot of the credit needs to go to the patient Joe Girardi. Does that bode well for their chances, especially if they can pick up a big arm to insert into the rotation? Yes, it probably does.
VietBet patrons could probably conclude that the Yanks have made their third base situation a little more solid by picking up Chase Headley from San Diego. he has thus far hit in all five games with the team, including a walk-off single for the winning run in his debut, just hours after arriving.
Greene made a solid debut against Cleveland on July 7, and then was brilliant against the Baltimore Orioles in his second start, going two outs into the eighth inning and shutting out the O's on four hits. He faltered a bit last time out, as he allowed four runs to Texas before leaving in the sixth.
Happ has made six starts on the road, with a 5.87 ERA. And he's got to stop giving up cheap stuff - he has walked 15 batters in slightly less than 31 innings as the visitor. The Blue Jays would certainly love for him to have a repeat performance of what he did five days ago, as he blanked the Red Sox over six innings in what turned out to be the last Boston start for Jake Peavy (just dealt to San Francisco).
If you're looking for some MLB betting trends, you'll want to take note that Toronto has now played five of its last six games over the total, while the Yankees had their streak of five consecutive unders broken on Saturday. We may side with Toronto's bias continuing, at the -110 price.
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