New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 5/19/2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2:20 PM on YES, CSCh
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
New York Yankees - Tanaka, M (6-0) vs. Chicago Cubs - Hammel, J (4-2)
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On Tuesday night, rookie Masahiro Tanaka will look to continue his perfect start to the season when the New York Yankees go up against Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs.
Masahiro Tanaka picked up his third consecutive win and his sixth win overall when he was able to shut out the New York Mets last week. He gave up just four hits in those nine innings of work and struck out eight while walking no one. He now has a 6-0 record and a sparkling 2.17 ERA on the season.
The Cubs are one of the eight Major League teams that Tanaka has faced already and will be the first team that he will face for the second time. In his first outing against them, he gave up just two hits and no runs while striking out 10. Only Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo had hits against him.
Right-hander Jason Hammel lost for the second time this season when he was beaten by the St. Louis Cardinals last Thursday on the road. He pitched just 5.1 innings in that game and gave up a season-high five runs on five hits while walking two and striking out six. He is still having a good season, though, with a 4-2 record and a 3.06 ERA.
Kelly Johnson has a .300 batting average against Hammel in 30 at-bats, which includes two doubles and two home runs.
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 20-23-0 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for New York Yankees is -0.2
Chicago Cubs Betting Trends
Chicago Cubs are 20-19-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Chicago Cubs is -0.1
Injuries to Watch
New York Yankees
05/15/14 RF Carlos Beltran Elbow 15-day DL (5/13)
05/13/14 P Shawn Kelley Back 15-day DL (5/7)
05/11/14 P CC Sabathia Knee 15-day DL (5/11)
05/06/14 P Michael Pineda Shoulder 15-day DL (4/24)
05/01/14 P Bruce Billings Forearm 15-day DL (4/26)
04/20/14 P Ivan Nova Elbow 60-day DL (4/20); out for season
04/15/14 C Francisco Cervelli Hamstring 60-day DL (4/13)
05/14/14 P Zac Rosscup Shoulder 15-day DL (5/13)
05/07/14 P Pedro Strop Groin 15-day DL (5/7)
05/03/14 CF Ryan Sweeney Hamstring 15-day DL (5/3)
04/24/14 CF Justin Ruggiano Hamstring 15-day DL (4/24)
03/31/14 P James McDonald Shoulder 60-day DL (2/23)
03/28/14 P Kyuji Fujikawa Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Guy's Pick: Take Chicago
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