Yankees vs. Dodgers MLB Pick – August 23rd

A potential World Series preview this weekend at Dodger Stadium, as the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers meet for a three-game series. If the Yankees play anything like they did in Oakland in a World Series, then it’s going to result in a sweep. The Yankees were swept in three games by a hungrier looking Athletics team in a bad three days for the Yanks.

Oakland are an underrated team, but the Yankees have to find a way to win at least one game there. They can’t be getting swept by teams who are on the fringe of going to the postseason at this point. That said, it very well could have been a lookahead spot for the Yankees.

The were well aware that the Dodgers and a potential World Series preview was on the horizon. That still doesn’t excuse a shoddy performance from just about everyone the past few days, though. Aaron Boone must do a better job of getting his team up to play than that. With three straight losses, the Yankees now go into Los Angeles against a Dodgers team who somehow escaped a loss last night.

The Dodgers erased a 2-0 deficit in the 9th as Kike Hernandez got the walk-off Thursday night. The Blue Jays wasted a brilliant performance by Jacob Waguespack. Despite 1 hitting the Dodgers in 7 innings, the Jays still lost the game.

There is a lot to be excited about in Toronto, but they’re not ready for primetime. Losses like that are to be expected and maybe if Ken Giles was available, they wouldn’t have blown the game. Perhaps the Dodgers were doing a little bit of looking ahead with the lazy performance. Cy Young favorite Hyun-jin Ryu will get the start against James Paxton of the Yankees tonight. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Dodgers pick.

N.Y. Yankees vs. L.A. Dodgers Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Dodgers -150/Yankees +130
  • O/U: 8.5

Pitching Matchup:

  • James Paxton (9-6, 4.53 ERA)
  • Hyun-jin Ryu (12-3, 1.64 ERA)

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James Paxton hasn’t been as much of a disaster as Sonny Gray, but he hasn’t lived up to expectations. The Yankees thought they were getting more of an ace from Seattle, but he’s been more of an average middle of the rotation kind of guy. Paxton enters Dodger Stadium with a pedestrian ERA of 4.53 and 1.43 WHIP. He is on pace to finish with an ERA above .400 for the first time in his seven-year career.

Paxton notched a career-high in 2017 with an ERA of 2.98. He followed it up with a 3.76 ERA in 2018 in his final season as a Mariner. Paxton has allowed 7 earned runs in his previous 11 innings pitched. Thanks to solid run support, he has won his last four games, though.

Paxton should not expect the same level of run support in LA tonight. The Yankees have to deal with Ryu, who is on a collision course for racking up the first Cy Young of his career. Note that Paxton has been shaky on the road, with a 5.21 ERA and 1.57 WHIP.

Ryu puts his stellar 1.64 ERA on the line against the Yanks on Friday night at home. Other than getting touched up against the Rockies at Coors Field, Ryu has mowed through almost everyone in the major leagues. His most recent start wasn’t his prettiest, though.

He allowed 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings for his second worst start of the season. Leading up to that game, Ryu had allowed 1 or no runs in 11 of 12 outings. He will be back home tonight, where he has been virtually untouchable for hitters at the dish.

Ryu has posted an insane 0.81 ERA and 0.80 WHIP at Dodger Stadium in 2019. Look for him to bounce back after the effort in Atlanta. In what is going to be a postseason atmosphere at Dodger Stadium, expect the Dodgers to strike first Friday night.

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Kyle E / Author

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