The New York Yankees are the short-priced favorite to complete the three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.
It has been cruise control for New York so far against Baltimore, which includes 7-0 and 7-2 wins. The bats have been on fire, but more importantly, the Yankees pitchers are doing their job.
Baltimore is a team that can get hot at any stage, as the 3-2 record suggests. It’s in for a tough game but bettors get juicy odds in online betting markets.
Yankees Take 2-0 Advantage
The Yankees have been far too good for Baltimore in the first two games. It started with a 7-0 thrashing and it was almost the same score on Tuesday until the Yankees gave up two runs in the ninth inning.
As much as it’s a concerning sign of Baltimore, it’s an excellent sign for New York. It had been struggling to score runs this season and the Yanks scored only one run against Toronto before this series started.
One player getting a wriggle on is Clint Frazier. He is batting at .417 and if he remains consistent, the Yankees will go far in the American League East.
The bats have gotten hot and it always takes the Yankees a few weeks to get going. That is a bad sign for the Orioles, who had looked good offensively against Boston.
Orioles Can’t Continue Momentum
It might have been weak opposition, but Baltimore looked good when beating Boston 3-0 to start its season.
The Orioles scored 18 runs from the three games of that series and it provided the team with newfound confidence. However, scoring just two runs against New York has quickly put them on the back foot.
Baltimore was a little lucky to score even two runs, so it will need to find offense from somewhere. One man who could do some damage is Freddy Galvis, who hasn’t done much to date.
Galvis and Cedric Mullins are two players capable of producing for the Orioles, so expect an improved outing from both.
New York sends out Jameson Taillon for the first time. He makes his debut for the Yankees after not only suffering cancer, but going through Tommy John surgery.
The former Pirate is a quality pitcher and he’s looking forward to getting back on the field.
“I do feel like there’s a lot ahead of me,” Taillon told the NY Daily News. “For being a 29-year old, I’ve had injuries but I do feel like I’ve got a lot of great innings ahead, and I feel like outside of the elbow, I feel like my arms got a ton left to give.
“I’ve saved a lot of things on the body over the years. So there’s guys like the guy I got to know pretty well in Pittsburgh, Charlie Morton, who’s made the most of the back end of his career, never stopped learning and went out and kind of reinvented himself.”
Taillon faces John Means, who had an outstanding season debut. He pitched seven innings for only one hit and seven strikeouts of the Red Sox.
Means, a 27-year-old, has been a solid pitcher over the course of his career, and getting off to a positive start is ideal. He should prove tough to hit for the Yankees’ batters, so an intriguing pitching duel could ensue.
It comes as no surprise to see New York open as the favorites. It opened as the -190 favorite with online sportsbooks and it hasn’t moved much.
We expected the line to move in favor of the Yankees. They’re not priced at -210 and could nudge even higher before first pitch.
Baltimore is the current underdog at +180, which is around the usual line when the Orioles play at Yankee Stadium.
Bookmakers have the total runs at 9½ and there has been some action for the under after it opened at 9½.
Below are some of the betting trends for both Baltimore and New York. They are helpful for bettors and they show recent and historical betting trends.
- Orioles are 4-1 from their last 5 during game 3 of a series.
- Orioles are 114-242 in their last 356 games as an underdog.
- Orioles are 17-45 in their last 62 Wednesday games.
- Orioles are 14-46 in the last 60 meetings against New York.
New York Yankees:
- Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 vs a team with a winning record.
- Yankees are 73-25 in their last 98 games as a home favorite.
- Yankees are 80-31 in their last 111 home games.
- Yankees are 0-5 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series.
- Over is 52-16-1 in the last 69 meetings.
Taking the short odds is never easy, but everything points toward a Yankees’ victory.
Not only do the statistics back them up, but we’re confident Jameson Taillon can get his Yankee career off to an explosive start.
The bats for New York are also getting hot, which spells danger for opposing teams. If the likes of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton get hot, there is no team in baseball that can compete on a run-scoring front.