New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds
The New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds face off on Friday in game one of their interleague series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are -130 favorites over the Reds with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The New York Yankees are trying to keep pace with the leaders in the A.L. East and thus far they haven’t been able to do that as they are falling further behind in the standings. The Yankees have lost three games in a row, are 11-8 at home this year, and and they are 4.5 games behing the leaders in the A.L. East. As a team the Yankees are hitting .269 with Derek Jeter hitting .366, Robinson Cano at .302, and Alex Rodriguez at .279. For game one against the Reds New York starts Andy Pettitte who makes his second start since returning to the team. In his first start Pettitte allowed seven hits and four earned runs while striking out two over 6.1 innings to take the loss and for a 5.68 ERA.
The Cincinnati Reds have been playing well and if we take away the first week or so of the season they have been playing as well as anyone in baseball. The Reds are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 10-10 on the road this season, and they are 2.5 games back in the N.L. Central. As a team the Reds are hitting .239 with Joey Votto hitting .317, Jay Bruce hitting .291, and Brandon Phillips hitting .261. As a team the Reds pitching staff has an ERA of 3.34 with the starters at 3.89 and the bullpen at 2.28. For game one in the Bronx Cincinnati starts Bronson Arroyo who has pitched consistently well this year. For the season Arroyo has allowed 53 hits and 16 earned runs while striking out 33 over 44.1 innings of work for a 3.25 ERA.
New York is 19-7 in their last 26 interleague games, 47-23 in their last 70 home games, and 7-1 in Pettitte’s last eight interleague starts. Cincinnati is 5-2 in their last seven games as an underdog, 6-13 in their last 19 interleague games, and 5-2 in Arroyo’s last seven road starts.
The total in this one is set at 9.5 and I see this one going over that number and closer to the 10-12 range.