Just ten days are left on the MLB regular-season calendar, and the time is running out for most of the wild-card contenders. On the other side, the Houston Astros are still leading the race for the best record in the league. The Yankees and Dodgers are right behind, waiting for the Astros’ lapse.
Still, it seems like all three teams will win Friday night. Likewise, they should have an easy job for the weekend.
The Yankees welcome the Toronto Blue Jays, opening a three-game set. The Astros host the LA Angels in the first of a three-game series at Minute Maid in Houston. The Dodgers will take on the Colorado Rockies in the opening clash of a three-game set in LA.
The bookmakers haven’t announced the odds on the Yankees’ game yet. The hosts should be massive favorites around -280 against the Blue Jays who entered Thursday’s schedule on a three-game winning streak. Still, the Blue Jays lost 18 of their last 27 games and nine of their last 13 meetings with the Yanks.
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Interestingly, the Blue Jays won a three-game home series with the Yankees 2-1 this past weekend. Now, it’s time for the Yanks to bounce back. This is their ultimate home series of the regular season, and the fans will demand wins on all three days.
The Yanks will look for their fifth straight win with J.A. Happ on the mound. The lefty is 12-8 this season with a 5.07 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. The Blue Jays will try to avoid their sixth straight loss with Jacob Waguespack on the mound. The rookie pitcher is 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.
Waguespack pitched 3.2 innings in a 13-3 loss to the Yankees last week. He allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out four. Waguespack allowed 18 runs over his last 15 innings of work, and it could be another tough night for a rookie when he meets the most efficient team in the league.
The Astros beat the Angels five times in a row and won 14 of their last 17 head-to-head meetings. The Astros are listed as massive favorites to extend their streak tonight. Considering the starting pitchers, they shouldn’t break too much sweat in the opening contest of a three-game series.
Zack Greinke will toe the slab for the Astros. He’s 6-1 in eight starts since joining the team in August. Also, Greinke is 16-5 this season with a 2.95 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. On the other side, Jaime Barria will take the hill for the Angels, and he’s 0-6 in the last eight starts, while the Angels lost all eight games in that span.
Seven of those eight losses came by two or more runs. Although the Astros allowed a few upsets at home this year, they have to rout the Angels tonight. Likewise, Houston had a day off on Thursday, while the Angels traveled from New York from the clash with the Yankees.
The LA Dodgers welcome the Colorado Rockies, looking for their 12th consecutive win in H2H meetings at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers covered the spread in nine of those 11 wins. They will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound, while Colorado will counter with rookie Peter Lambert.
Kershaw is 22-8 in 41 starts against Colorado in his career. The Dodgers are 17-3 in his last 20 starts against the Rockies. On the other side, Lambert is 3-6 with a 6.98 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP, and the Rockies lost four of his last five starts. Lambert is 0-1 in three starts against the Dodgers, tallying an 11.12 ERA.
The Dodgers are coming off two straight losses at the New York Mets. Hereof, they desperately need to beat the Rockies in the opener of a three-game series and stay in the competition for the best record in the MLB.
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