The Yankees put together a nice win last night, downing the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 13-5. The Yankees are cementing their wildcard, and setting up a scenario where the play-in game will be played in the Bronx. After last night, the Yanks have a 3-game lead which has been the case for over a month now. They control their own destiny with respects to the wildcard. However, they have to hope that the Red Sox hit a rut so they can pull them in. The Yankees currently stand 3 games behind the Red Sox. Boston won last night as well, so the Red Sox were able to block their move. In other news, the Twins are doing a good job pulling away for the second wildcard.
The Twins are up on the Angels by 3 games thanks to the Astros’ win in Anaheim last night. That doesn’t look like a lot, but considering how close this race has been it feels like quite a bit. The National League wildcard race has suddenly gotten some life thrusted into it. The Brewers and Cardinals are both tied and 2.5 games behind the Rockies. Arizona is in firm control of the first wildcard and should be able to cruise in to the play-in game. Acquiring J.D. Martinez really pay off for the Diamondbacks. Martinez has done everything right since coming over from the Tigers.
I don’t know about you, but I’m just ready to get the postseason started. It’s going to be a wild ride, and I’m ready for it to begin right now. While we’ve been profiting off bases in the regular season, I’m excited to see what the postseason brings us. The Yankees will go with a guy they hope will lead them deep into the postseason tonight, Luis Severino. Severino is a flamethrower that can bring the heat on the radar gun. You don’t want to get beamed by one of his fastballs, I can say that much. The O’s will counter with Gabriel Ynoa this evening. Get the pick below.
Baltimore Orioles vs. N.Y. Yankees Pick
Gabriel Ynoa (4.19 ERA) vs. Luis Severino (12-6, 2.96 ERA)
Severino is tagged as the hardest throwing pitcher in the majors. In July, he threw a 101.2 mph fastball for the fastest of the year. Topping the radar gun in the mid 90’s consistently is pretty common for Severino. It’s been working, as he enters tonight with a 2.96 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. In his last ten starts, he’s allowed more than 3 runs only once. In eight of ten, he’s allowed 1 or no runs. Additionally, in his last three starts, Severino owns a 1.83 ERA, with only 1 run allowed in his last two starts against the Red Sox and Rangers.
Ynoa will be making the fifth start of his young career tonight. He made three last season with the Mets and it didn’t go so well, as he was dinged for a 6.38 ERA. Ynoa made his first start of 2017 on the 9th, and played okay, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs in 4.2 innings against the Indians. It could have been worse than that. 7 hits in 4.2 innings usually results in a lot more damage than 3 runs. I don’t think he gets by as well against the Yankees tonight. It’s a pressure spot for Ynoa pitching at Yankee Stadium on a Friday night. The O’s are slipping fast, going 2-8 in their last ten games. Severino looks like the play here.
PICK: YANKEES -1.5 (-115)