The New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates will return from holiday hiatuses when they begin a brief two-game series on Tuesday.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET inside PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Let’s check the latest MLB news, stats, injury reports, MLB odds, for Yankees vs Pirates. We’ve plenty of MLB picks and predictions.
Yankees: Dominant First Half
The New York Yankees have controlled the entire league nearly wire-to-wire, boasting the league’s best record of 58-22 and cruising through what is arguably the deepest division in baseball — the American League East.
They have been getting the job done in all facets and have demonstrated a sort of late-game savvy that they failed to show in seasons past, making them a much more well-rounded outfit.
Aaron Judge is one of the most popular MLB picks for the AL MVP award, boasting team highs in batting average, home runs and RBIs while also leading the league in homers.
He has been backed up by fellow sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton while players such as DJ LeMahieu and GLeyber Torres have filled in the gaps admirably.
Jameson Taillon (9-1, 3.32 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees when they kick off the series in Pittsburgh.
Pirates Look to Future
The Pittsburgh Pirates are a few key players short of fielding a true contending roster. OK, maybe even more than a few. But for all of the shortcomings, Pittsburgh has been a decent adversary for other teams and is only five games under .500 on the spread, which is not the worst spot in the world.
The Pirates are 32-47 and enter the series having won three of their last five games, including two against the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
Ke’Bryan Hayes has been the team’s most consistent offensive threat while fourth-year Bryan Reynolds is their biggest long-ball threat. However, his home run total of 15 would only rank fourth (and just over half of Judge’s total) on New York, showing the glaring disparity between the two clubs at the plate.
Pittsburgh is definitely a team for the future, and it could earn a nice haul of prospects at the deadline if any teams want to come in for its top players.
Jose Quintana (1-4, 3.43 ERA) will get the start for Pittsburgh after giving up just one earned run in six innings against the Washington Nationals his last time out.
Yankees vs Pirates Head-to-Head
The Yankees and Pirates have not met since 2017, when the Pirates won two of the three games.
Yankees vs Pirates Game Information
- Game: Yankees (58-22) vs Pirates (32-47)
- Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
- Day/Time: Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Yankees vs Pirates LiveStream: MLB.tv
Yankees vs Pirates Betting Lines
|New York Yankees
J. Taillon -R
|-1½ -120||-185||9 -105o||5½ -105o
J. Quintana -L
|+1½ Ev||+165||9 -115u||3½ Evo
Yankees vs Pirates Prediction
The Yankees are the obviously better team in this matchup, a sentiment reflected by the lopsided MLB odds, and they will benefit from the rest more than Pittsburgh.
New York also has yet another milestone in its sights: becoming the first team in the league to reach 60 wins. Top teams always need a source of motivation when facing lesser squads, and the Yanks have just that.
Anyone looking to bet online can find MLB lines and more on the BetUS sportsbook.
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