Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Yankees Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 5/15/2014
Friday, May 16, 7:05 PM on ROOT, YES
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Pittsburgh Pirates - Volquez, E (1-3) vs. New York Yankees - Phelps, D (0-0)
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Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Edinson Volquez will take on the New York Yankees and David Phelps. Volquez makes his 8th start and 9th appearance as Phelps makes his 3rd start and 12th appearance.
Edinson Volquez didn’t have an easy time in his last start. He pitched to a no decision after going just 4.2 innings and allowing 3 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. It was the second straight start where Volquez has walked 3 or more in less than 6 innings of work. In 2013, Volquez went 9 – 12 with an ERA of 5.71 in 32 starts and 1 relief appearance with the Padres and Giants.
Last season, Volquez didn’t pitch against the Yankees but he has some experience against the New York lineup. And he will have to watch out for Carlos Beltran. Beltran is 6 of 17 with 7 RBIs against Volquez.
David Phelps has been pressed into duty in the starting rotation due to Yankee injuries. He’s yet to record a decision as a starter and his only decision of the year is a save to go with his 4.09 ERA. In his last start, Phelps went 5 innings and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits with 3 walks and a strikeout. In 2013, Phelps had a record of 6 - 5 with an ERA of 4.98 in 12 starts and 10 relief appearances.
Last season, Phelps didn’t face the Pirates and he has only faced one Pittsburgh hitter in his career. The Pirates’ Ike Davis is 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs against Phelps.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
Pittsburgh Pirates are 17-17-4 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Pittsburgh Pirates is -0.4
New York Yankees Betting Trends
New York Yankees are 20-18-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for New York Yankees is -0.5
Injuries to Watch
05/13/14 LF Starling Marte Back questionable
05/04/14 P Stolmy Pimentel Shoulder 15-day DL (5/2)
04/26/14 P Jason Grilli Oblique 15-day DL (4/21)
04/26/14 C Russell Martin Hamstring 15-day DL (4/26)
04/23/14 P Wandy Rodriguez Knee 15-day DL (4/21)
New York Yankees
05/13/14 RF Carlos Beltran Elbow questionable
05/13/14 RF Ichiro Suzuki Back questionable
05/13/14 P Shawn Kelley Back 15-day DL
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)
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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