LA Dodgers (81-62) at NY Yankees (76-67)
When: Tuesday, September 13th 2016
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
Time: 7:05 ET | TV: MLB Network
The New York Yankees try to get back in the win column when they host the Los Angeles Dodgers in the middle game of a three-game set on Tuesday. The Dodgers raced out to a 6-1 lead after three innings and never looked back as surprising amount of Dodgers fans filled the right field stands while waving banners. Los Angeles has won seven of ten to bring their lead over San Francisco to four games in the NL West, while the Yankee suffered their second straight defeat after seven straight victories. New York is still just two games back of Baltimore for the second AL Wild Card, but can’t afford many more slip-ups as the season is down the final few weeks. The Yankees offense has suddenly hit a wall with just four runs in their last two games including only five hits last night. New York rookie 1B Tyler Austin is 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in his last three games. Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig hit his first career pinch-hit homerun on Monday and now has three HRs in 14 at-bats since returning from the minors.
Pitchers: Dodgers – Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69 ERA) | Yankees – CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.27)
Julio Urias is on a bit of a roll since being recalled at the beginning of August and has not lost a game in that stretch. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last five starts and had won four in a row before a no-decision at San Diego on September 2nd when he was charged with two runs on three hits in 5.1 innings. Urias is having his innings monitored carefully and has yet to record an out in the seventh inning in his rookie season.
CC Sabathia has recorded a victory since August 23rd in Seattle when he went seven strong innings in a 5-1 win. His latest outing was a four inning performance against Tampa Bay in which he allowed seven hits including three homeruns. Sabathia has allowed 13 homers in his last nine starts and will be making his third interleague start of the season. His previous two did not go so well as he surrendered 11 runs – 10 earned – and 15 hits over 10 total innings in his two previous chances against NL teams.
I don’t have much faith in Sabathia right now and the young Yankee hitters are struggling. The Dodgers are hot right now and Urias has been pretty good filling in for the injured Los Angeles staff. I can see a low scoring game, so I’m not going to take a chance with the runline here, but I will go with the Dodgers to win.
Pick: Dodgers -140