Date/Time: Tuesday, June 18, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
Television: KCAL, WWOR
MLB Betting Odds: TopBet
Money Line: Yankees -125, Dodgers +120
Total Line: 8
The floundering Dodgers are hoping a trip back to their birth state will bring them new life as the boys from Chavez Ravine have dropped six of their last eight to fall into dead last in the NL West, 7.5 games behind division-leading Arizona. As they attempt to right the ship, they'll turn towards their rookie sensation Ryu, the young Korean lefthander who has dazzled the National League with a 6-2 record and a 2.85 ERA in his first 13 Major League starts.
In the first base dugout at the New Yankee Stadium, an injury-riddled lineup will support former first-rounder and 2010 All Star, Phil Hughes. A workhorse for the Bronx Bombers a year ago, Hughes has struggled to find consistency in 2013, failing to throw at least six innings in six of his 13 starts. Perhaps more alarming to the Yankee faithful has been Hughes' inability to pitch effectively at home, where he has recorded just one win in six outings.
There will be numerous storylines throughout this series, such as the return of Yankee great Don Mattingly, current Dodger's manager, or the old team from Brooklyn hoping to make a triumphant return. While the series will no doubt be historic, the focus in Tuesday's contest should be on the pitchers, as neither lineup has faced the young hurlers. Despite Yankee Stadium's reputation as a hitter's park, this game will be controlled by the two arms. Look for Mattingly's club to take advantage of Hughes' struggle with his control and for Ryu to mystify the Bombers for an easy victory.
Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Yankees Pick: Los Angeles Dodgers -130