The 1st place N.Y. Yankees take their show on the road this week, heading to California until June 20th. They’ll play the Angels in Anaheim for a few days, an then head over to Oakland for a meeting with the Athletics. The Yankees are streaking, as they come in with five straight wins. The offense has been thumping the competition, with big showings after big showings.
Following the five wins in a row, the Yanks hold a 3.5 game lead in the American League East. I said it in an earlier article, the Yankees playing like this is good for baseball. The networks will especially like it if they go on to make the postseason and play well there as well. Things are looking up, but we all know how quickly things can change in baseball on a dime.
The Yankees are 2nd in the American League, trailing only the Houston Astros. The Astros have been running through whoever they want, but it was the Angels who brought them down to earth over the weekend. The Angels took two of three, including an impressive 12-6 yesterday behind Jesse Chavez.
Paulino got rocked, and in the process, we were able to hit a big fat winner on the OVER. It was a no sweater, to bring our MLB record to 26-13-1 since the start of May. The NHL has been a success as well, so the bankroll has been fattening up for football season, which I am already counting down to.
Tonight, though, Tanaka will look to get on track for the Yankees in Anaheim. If I were to tell you that Tanaka would be pitching this poorly, and the Yankees have a record of 37-23, you’d tell me to lay off the drugs. And I admit, I’d probably have to check my water supply. Alex Meyer will counter for the Angels, let’s get to our MLB pick for Monday night.
N.Y. Yankees vs. L.A. Angels Pick
Masahiro Tanaka (5-6, 6.55 ERA) vs. Alex Meyer (2-3, 4.08 ERA)
The Angels are off the pace this season, with a record of 32-33, but they’re within striking distance. Are they going to seize the opportunity? Probably not. Their pitching staff still needs some work if they wish to be a contender. Alex Meyer has been doing an okay job, but the lack of an ace in the clubhouse really puts a damper on their efforts. Meyer is holding on to a 4.08 ERA, but he has been showing signs of improvement lately.
In his last three starts, Meyer yielded a 2.25 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He’s been making his money at home in Anaheim, where he has a 2.25 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. The most runs he’s given up at home in his last three outings at home is 2, including only 1 run each in his last two. Notably, he shut the Tigers and Blue Jays down without much damage done.
If the Yankees can get Tanaka going, they have something serious brewing. As it stands, Tanaka has had some issues, as he enters with a 6.55 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. For a guy making his kind of money, I’d say he’s robbing the Yankees of a few dollars. In four of his last five starts, Tanaka has allowed at least 5 runs, including 8, 6, 7, and 5 runs allowed.
On the road he’s been whipped for a 7.24 ERA and 1.76 WHIP. Beyond Tanaka’s dreadful performances, I think the Yanks are due for a letdown spot here after flying out to California. I expect the public to ride the Yankees following what we’ve seen of them lately, but I see it as a trap being laid down in Anaheim.
PICK: ANGELS (+105)