Looking to bounce back after a humiliating loss last night in the Bronx, the Yankees travel to Flushing, N.Y. for a short two-game set with the hated Mets as this year’s Subway Series continues. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET (6:10 p.m. CT/4:10 p.m. PT) and will be broadcast on ESPN (national TV) and streaming live on ESPN-GO (online).
Tonight’s pitching matchup features a pair of hard-throwing righties going head-to-head. For the pinstripes, Joe Girardi sends Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA) to try and stop the bleeding against Terry Collins’ No.2 prospect, Rafael Montero (0-0, 3.00 ERA).
For the visiting NY Yankees, Tanaka has certainly exceeded all expectations, as he comes in undefeated through seven starts, making him the ace of the rotation. Thus far in his young Major League career, the two-time Eiji Sawamura Award winner has recorded 49.0 innings pitched, allowing 42 hits, 15 runs (14 unearned), 7 home runs, a hit-batter, 7 bases-on-balls and a whopping 58 strikeouts.
For the hosting NY Mets, tonight’s starter is one of the most touted young arms in the organization’s farm system in years, this according to ESPN-NY. In fact, Montero had a no-hitter in his last start with the Triple-A Las Vegas before being yanked due to a high pitch count. In eight starts in the minors this season, the 23-year-old from Dominican Republic is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA (41 2/3 IP, 41 K, 18 BB).
How will win this battle of young arms as they get their first taste of the Subway Series rivalry between the Yankees and the Mets? Given his early success, it should come as no surprise that MLB oddsmakers give the Yankees [-149] the nod against the Mets [+139] this evening.
With that said, betting experts also expect a low-scoring affair tonight, evidenced by the fact that the OVER/UNDER tallies just 6½ runs. Finally, alternate run spreads for this exciting game go as follows: NY Yankees -1½ [+110] vs. NY Mets +1½ [-130]. Here are some interesting statistics to keep in mind for tonight’s clash between these bitter rivals:
ML Wagering Before ESPN National TV Broadcast Time
Yankees ML: 72 percent.
Mets ML: 28 percent.
OVER bets: 74 percent.
UNDER bets: 26 percent.
Wins/Loss Trends Before ESPN-GO Live Stream Online Start
Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150.
Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Yankees are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road favorite.
Mets are 13-3 in their last 16 versus the American League East.
Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 home games with the total set at 6½ or lower.
Mets are 4-1 in their last 5 games with the total set at 6½ or lower.
MLB Schedule 2014 - Umpire Trends for Mike DiMuro
Mets are 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games with DiMuro behind home plate.
Road team is 6-1 in DiMuros last 7 games behind home plate.
OVER is 5-1 in DiMuros last 6 games behind home plate vs. New York.
Home team is 14-3 in DiMuros last 17 games behind home plate vs. New York.
Road team is 4-1 in DiMuros last 5 Wednesday games behind home plate vs. New York.