Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/6/2014
Monday, April 7, 1:05 PM on MASN, YES
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
NYY - Kuroda, H (0-1) vs. Baltimore - Jimenez, U (0-1)
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Both Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda aim for their first win of 2014 after dropping their first starts of the season. Jimenez came over to Baltimore after posting a 13-9 record with Cleveland last year that earned him a 4-year $50 million contract. It was an auspicious start for Jimenez, pitching 6.0 innings and allowing 4 ER in a 2-6 loss to Boston. Jimenez will aim to limit the long ball against New York after giving up two HR in 26 Red Sox AB's.
Jimenez started 1 game against the Yankees last year but lasted only 4.1 innings, giving up 7 ER including 2 homers. Jimenez may not like the Yankees addition of Carlos Beltran, who has gone deep twice in 11 career appearances against the right-hander and is hitting .364 lifetime. Brian McCann has also hit over .300 against Jimenez (.320) and has a HR among his 25 career at bats.
Kuroda allowed only 3 runs in his first start of the season but it wasn't enough to avoid a 1-3 loss to Houston on April 2nd. It was a dire appearance for the 39-year-old right-hander who is trying to avoid double-digit losses for the fifth straight season pitching on a 1-year, $16 million deal. Kuroda allowed a HR to the first batter he faced this season as Houston leadoff man Dexter Fowler took one to deep center.
Kuroda was 1-2 in 4 starts against Baltimore last season posting an ERA of 3.38. He allowed 23 hits in 24 innings including 5 HR. Chris Davis has hit 2 HR against Kuroda but has also whiffed 7 times in his 18 AB. Matt Wieters (6 for 15) and Nick Markakis (7 for 19) lead the way for an Oriole lineup that has otherwise hit .278 against Kuroda.
New York Betting Trends
New York is 1-4-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for New York is -0.8
Baltimore Betting Trends
Baltimore is 2-3-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Baltimore is -2.2
Injuries to Watch
04/05/14 1B Mark Teixeira Hamstring 15-day DL (4/5)
04/01/14 SS Brendan Ryan Back 15-day DL (3/22)
04/03/14 P Edgmer Escalo Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
03/31/14 LF Francisco Peguero Wrist 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 3B Michael Almanzar Arm 15-day DL (3/23)
03/28/14 3B Manny Machado Knee 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 LF Nolan Reimold Neck 15-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Troy Patton Suspension out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take the Yankees
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