In: MLB Free Picks5 Jun 2012
MLB Predictions: Tampa Bay Rays (+116) at NY Yankees (-123) Over-Under: 8.5
Here we are in the first week of June and the AL East is really starting to grow into its normal battle division. All of the teams are now within 3 games of first and are really playing their hearts out. Some are going to falter and some are going to go into the playoffs and at least one has a huge chance of heading to the World Series. The
Yankees have taken a weird run this year as being a good team with some bad dropped games. The biggest pay roll in all of baseball and they even shared last place a few times early on. The Rays however have stayed up top and fought hard for where they are. Both teams have a ton of fight and looks to make this series a good one.
James Shields goes to the mound with a 6-3 record holding a little high ERA of 3.95 and a WHIP of 1.32. Hes been good all season but needs a big game to really set himself up to the same wins as David Price. The former Devil Rays have been very good against the Yankees this season though even sweeping them in the first series of the year.
Pitching for the Yankees is Andy Pettitte who has a little bit better ERA at 3.49 and a good WHIP of 1.13 but he also only has a 2-2 record for the year being
pulled after some rather early starts.Its only a matter of time before Pettite arm beings to fail him, not just because of his age, but because this guy retired, was sitting at home when he got the call by the Yankees begging him to come back.
The Yankees have to really win these games to become the power house in the AL East again but with the way the Rays backup guys are playing and the O’s and Blue Jays teams stepping up then they are going to have to crush them with a sweep and I just don’t see that happening. I think the pitching staff has taken a terrible hit since Rivera got injured and still hasn’t become top notch like they usually are. While their batting squad is good they haven’t won against a pitcher over 6 wins yet, granted there arnt that many but still it doesn’t bode well for the Yankees, Granderson or not. Shields is going to pitch great and Jennings coming back is for sure going to give them that push they
Pick: Tampa Bay Rays +116