Date/Time: May 27th, 7:10 PM ET
MLB Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Probable Starters: Hughes (Yankees) vs. Niese (Mets)
Moneyline: Yankees -120
For the first time this season, the Subway Series takes place, and the first venue for this four-game home-and-home set takes place at Citi Field on Memorial Day. The New York Mets and the New York Yankees will get it on in MLB betting action.
The Bronx Bombers come into this series in a decent position. They are ahead of the Boston Red Sox by percentage points in the AL East, and they have 3.5-games on the Baltimore Orioles in third place. There aren't a ton of great teams in the American League this year from the looks of it, and as long as New York can stay ahead of the ones in its own division, it should be in good shape. What we aren't wild about is the fact that RHP Phil Hughes is going to be pitching in this game. Hughes has either been really good or really bad thus far this season. The righty has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his last seven starts, but in the two starts that haven't been discussed, he allowed 13 runs in just 6.1 innings of work. Hughes has a 5.51 ERA for the season, but he does have respectable strikeout and walk totals with 42 and 13 respectively.
The Mets snapped a five-game slide on Sunday with a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves, but they have all sorts of problems that they are tending to offensively at the moment. In spite of the fact that the team is as healthy as it is going to be from an offensive standpoint, it's tough to like a team that is only batting .228, just .007 ahead of the lowly Miami Marlins. On Monday, it'll be LHP Jon Niese on the hill. Niese too, has been either really good or really bad. He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in four of his last six starts, but he has 15 runs allowed in 8.1 innings in the other two games. Sound familiar? It should. All told, Niese is 3-5 with a 4.80 ERA on the season, but we have a lot less confidence in him than we do in Hughes. The fact that this southpaw has almost has many walks (27) as strikeouts (31) is scary, and we know that it's only a matter of time until his lack of control catches up with him, especially against respectable offensive clubs like this one that are waiting to pounce.
The Mets are a wreck at the moment, and we just can't trust them to do anything right. They're going to probably get beaten more often than not in this game, and we think that they are starting another long few days against the Bronx Bombers this week.
New York Yankees @ New York Mets Pick: New York Yankees -120