The New York Yankees finished off the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-1 win yesterday at Yankee Stadium. That gave them two wins out of three against the Rays to pull ahead by 8 games in the AL East. A lot can change fast, as we’ve come to know over the years as baseball fans, but I’m quite confident in the Yankees riding off into the sunset of the postseason in October. In all likelihood, they won’t need to appear in the play-in game, either.
Winning the AL East will give them a ticket to bypass the Wild Card Game. Behind the Rays are the Red Sox down by 10 games. They’re the defending World Series champions, but you wouldn’t know it if you were in a coma last season. Their odds to repeat as champions are pretty steep right now. Books will still likely see decent money come in on them given who they are, though. The Rays are tied for the final wildcard in the American League, while Boston are just 2 games out. The standings are a lot more spread out in the AL than what you’ll find in the National League.
The Rockies aren’t doing themselves any favors of late. They continue to fall out of favor in the National League and are now 4 games out of a wildcard with a record of 46-50. Colorado were off yesterday after getting swept by the Giants in four games. They’re also losers in 11 of their last 13 games. Ouch.
Just playing average baseball over that stretch likely has them with a wildcard at the moment. Instead, they’re back by four games and find themselves in the Bronx against a good Yankees team this weekend. Things could get worse before they better for the Rockies. They likely aren’t going to have an easy time against the Yankees over the next few days. Kyle Freeland, who has had a heck of a time trying to figure everything out this season, will get the nod against the Yanks in this one. Countering for the Yanks will be J.A. Happ. Get our free Rockies vs. Yankees pick below.
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The Rockies sent Kyle Freeland to the minors to attempt to fix his mechanics and he recently made his much anticipated return to the big leagues. It was a yikes of a game for Freeland, as he got mauled for 9 hits and 5 earned runs in 4 innings. Dating back to before he got pulled out and sent to the minors, Freeland has allowed at least 5 runs in his previous three outings for a 13.91 ERA and 2.45 WHIP.
The Rockies sent him to the minors to fix what was wrong, but from the looks of it, nothing went well for him there, either. In six starts, Freeland posted an ERA of 8.80 and 1.88 WHIP. So, the Rockies were rolling the dice with bringing him back up, hoping for the best in what is already a struggling rotation. His ERA on the year has ballooned to 7.39. The Yankees have yet to face Freeland, but they’re probably going to like what they see here. They’re 2nd in the major leagues with an average of 5.63 runs scored per contest. Conversely, the Rockies are 4th with 5.49 runs on the board per game.
J.A. Happ hasn’t been too hot as well, but he’s been barely keeping his head above water. Freeland is sinking to the bottom of the ocean with cement boots firmly attached. Happ posted an ERA of 6.75 and 1.57 WHIP in his previous three outings. Yankee Stadium hasn’t been too kind to him in particular, as he holds a 5.98 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in his home ballpark. The short porch might have something to do with it. Happ has surrendered 7 home roads on the road compared to 13 in the Bronx. I’m anticipating an offensive show on display between the Rockies and Yankees in this matchup tonight. That leads us to a play on the OVER.