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Yankees vs. Marlins MLB Pick – August 21st

The New York Yankees erupted over the weekend, as the guys in pinstripes had an impressive showing against the Toronto Blue Jays. We’ve been waiting for the offense to finally hit a hot streak and maybe they’re there. Despite being the 2nd best offense in baseball, I think people were expecting more from them in 2018. When they acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, there was immense pressure on them to perform and look better than last season.

The Aaron Judge injury certainly hurts, but even before breaking his wrist, the Yanks were slightly off the pace from their numbers in 2017. Stanton has been swinging the bat much better lately, which wasn’t the case earlier in the year. It took him some time to adjust, but I believe he’s figured it out now. If only the Yanks could get Judge back now.

Who knows how much longer Judge is going to be on the sideline the Yankees initially said three weeks, which sounded ridiculous to begin with. A fractured wrist is not going to heal up that quickly, especially in a profession where the wrist is being utilized. They’ve love to have him back, but they have to wait until his wrist is 100 percent healthy, or risk the injury lingering for a long time.

The offense did quite well without him over the weekend. The Yankees ran up the scoreboard with wins of 7-5, 11-6, and 10-2. Toronto didn’t have many answers for the hot swinging Yanks. This was after the Yankees scored just 2 runs in 2 days against the Rays, so they needed to get that mojo back. One guy who could need the same is Masahiro Tanaka. He’s stayed healthy in 2018, but his numbers haven’t resembled an ace. Pablo Lopez will counter for the Marlins. As we’ve seen the last couple of days, teams that are out of position, tend to play around with their starting rotation in late August and September. Verify the starting pitchers to see if you are still comfortable betting the wager. With that said, get our free Yankees vs. Marlins pick below.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Miami Marlins Pick

Masahiro Tanaka (9-4, 4.03 ERA) vs. Pablo Lopez (2-3, 4.79 ERA)

Tanaka has been hot and cold this season. He certainly has the ability to turn it on and keep it there. A bad spot here and there can skew numbers, though, and that’s what has happened with Tanaka. Note that in his previous six starts, he’s allowed more than 2 runs only once. However, in that one outing, he gave up 6 runs against the Rangers.

Going further back, Tanaka has allowed 2 or less runs in seven of his last ten starts. When you look at it that way, he’s been pitching better than his numbers might indicate at first look. The Marlins are hitting .258 against Tanaka in 31 at-bats. Tanaka owns a perfect 6-0 record and 3.86 ERA on the road in 2018.

The 22-year-old, Pablo Lopez, is doing his best to impress the Marlins and earn a spot in the rotation for 2019. He’s made nine starts thus far and has been serviceable with an ERA of 4.79. The Braves handled him pretty easily in his last outing, though. He allowed 5 earned runs in 5.1 innings of work on the 13th.

Stanton is of course making his return to Miami in this interleague series. He enters with homers in two of the last three games. In the game he didn’t, Stanton still helped out with an RBI and run. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stay hot in front of his old team Tuesday night. Tanaka should likely see some success against the Marlins, while the Yankees’ offense looks tough to bet against after exploding over the weekend. The Yanks keep it rolling with Stanton motivated to impress tonight.

The Bet: YANKEES -1.5 (-135)

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