A relatively light Monday night MLB slate leaves us with nine games to consider for inclusion on this evening’s three-game parlay ticket. A number of intriguing series get underway tonight. We’re zeroing in on the three most attractive from a entertainment and handicapping perspective.
First up is game one of the Subway Series between the visiting New York Mets and the New York Yankees. It’s a quick two-game set for the Big Apple rivals, but it’s always an event when these two squads get together.
Next up is a meeting of two of the most dangerous offenses in MLB at Fenway Park. The Texas Rangers will be on the road to start a four-game series with the Boston Red Sox as both clubs look to make up some ground in their respective divisions.
The last game on our ticket brings us out to Los Angeles for another interleague clash. The Dodgers have a short trip to face off with the Angels in the first of a two-game early-week series. The visitors will send a red-hot Hyun-Jin Ryu to the mound for tonight’s festivities.
We have three quality games to look forward to for what should be a fun night on the diamond. Let’s take a look at our trio of selected contests in full detail, starting with the battle in the Big Apple.
*Betting odds provided by: Sportsbetting.ag
New York Mets vs. New York Yankees, 7:05 PM EST, MLBN
Mets vs. Yankees Pick:
The Mets enter tonight’s game having won four of their last five games. The club spent the weekend at home taking two of three over the Colorado Rockies. The Yankees have hit a rough path and won just three of their last five. The team lost two of three on the road versus the Cleveland Indians this weekend.
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The Mets have been home for the last six games, going 4-2 over that stretch. The team is just 13-22 on the road for the year. The Yankees are retuning home tonight after a six-game road trip for which they went just 2-6. The club has been strong at home with a mark of 21-12 to date.
The Yankees get the nod on offense, but the teams have been producing similar results over the last five games. Jeff McNeil is batting .335 to lead the Mets. Pete Alonso is the team leader with 21 homers and 46 RBIs. For the Yankees, DJ LeMahieu is tops on the team with a .321 BA, and he’s tied with Luke Voit to lead with 41 ribbies. Gary Sanchez is the team leader with 19 HRs.
Vargas has been real solid in 2019. His last outing was his best of the season. Vargas pitched a complete-game shutout versus the San Francisco Giants in which he gave up five hits and one walk. Tanaka has been a bit up and down this year. He has had a tough time in his last two starts. Last time out, he gave up four earned runs in a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Yankees have a distinct advantage once the bullpens get involved in tonight’s game. Vargas has lasted seven innings or more for his last two, and five innings or more for four of his last five. Tanaka has made it to six innings or more for each of his last six starts.
It’s always interesting when these interleague rivals get together. Tonight should be no exception. Vargas looked great last time out and the Mets are playing better overall, so we’re looking in that direction.
Texas Rangers vs. Boston Red Sox, 7:10 PM EST, NESN
Rangers vs. Red Sox Pick:
The Rangers were home over the weekend for a four-game set with the Oakland A’s. They lost the opener and the finale but evened things up by winning the middle games. The Red Sox welcomed the Tampa Bay Rays to town, losing three of four for the weekend series.
Texas wrapped up an 11-game homestand on Sunday with a one-run loss to the A’s. The team went 7-4 over that stretch. The Rangers are 10-18 on the road this season. The Red Sox are in the midst of an eight-game run at home which hasn’t started off well. The team is 15-15 at Fenway for the year.
These two offense are real close overall, but the Rangers have been more productive of late. Elvis Andrus is batting .301 to lead the Rangers. Joey Gallo is tops on the team with 17 HRs, while Hunter Pence leads with 41 ribbies. Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with a .301 BA. Mitch Moreland is the leader with 13 homers, while Xander Bogaerts is tops with 42 RBIs.
Minor is off to a great start to the year, holding opponents to four earned runs or less in each of his last 10 games. For his last outing, he pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless ball in a no-decision versus the Baltimore Orioles. Sale has had a few trouble spots this year, but he pitched a gem last time out. He picked up a complete game shutout victory over the Kansas City Royals while fanning 12 batters.
Boston has the overall edge when it comes to the relief corps. Minor has lasted five innings or more for each of his last six starts. Prior to the complete game, Sale had lasted six innings or more for six of his last seven starts.
It’s an interesting pitching matchup to start off this series, but it’s tough to go against Sale after such a great outing last time out. We like the Red Sox for game two on our parlay ticket.
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels, 10:07 PM EST, FSW
Dodgers vs. Angels Pick:
The Dodgers opened up a three-game series at the San Francisco Giants on Friday with a 2-1 loss. The club rebounded to win the final two games by a combined score of 8-2. The Angles spent the weekend at home playing the Seattle Mariners, falling in two of the three games.
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|LA Angels||31-35||L1||4-6||4-AL West||334||339|
The Dodgers have been on the road for their last six games, going 4-2 over that span. Overall, the team is 20-14 in away games on the year. The Angels have been home for their last six, going just 2-4 over that stretch. The club 17-18 at home for the season.
The Dodgers get the overall edge at the plate, but it’s the Angels bats which have been more lively recently. Cody Bellinger leads the way for the Dodgers with a .355 BA, 20 homers, and 54 RBIs. Joc Pederson has chipped in with 18 HRs and 33 ribbies. Tommy La Stella is batting .315 to lead the Angels. Mike Trout is tops on the team with 17 homers and 42 RBIs.
Ryu has been fantastic through 12 starts. He has held opponents off the scoreboard in five of his last six. Last time out, he pitched seven innings of shutout ball in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Canning has seven starts under his belt thus far with a mixed-bag of his results. For his last start, he took the loss versus the A’s with four earned runs over six innings.
These two bullpens are close overall, but Angels hurlers are seeing more innings of work. Ryu has made it through six innings or more for each of his last eight starts. Canning has made it to six innings or more for three of his last four games.
Ryu has really been dealing of late, and we see nothing to suggest that won’t continue tonight. We like the Dodgers for the final game on tonight’s parlay ticket.