The New York Yankees open a nine-game road trip with a visit to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.
Monday, April 22 at 10:07 PM ET
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
Coverage: MLB Network
Winds from the S 6 km/h
Gusts: 13 km/h
The Rays have lost four straight and the Yankees are now above .500 and only 2.5 back of first place despite having 13 players on the injured list, including six starting position players and their best pitcher. Incredible.
Yankees lineup yesterday: DJ LeMahieu, Luke Voit, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Kevin Tauchman, Gio Urshela, Mike Ford, Austin Romine, Tyler Wade
Yankees injured list lineup: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Mike Stanton, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Andujar, Greg Bird, Troy Tulowitzki, Jacoby Ellsbury
Tauchman, Urshela, Ford, Romine and Wade combined to go 6-for-19 yesterday. Tauchman, Urshela, Romine and Wade are actually 9-for-18 over the last two games with five RBIs and five runs scored.
Romine was the hero of the day on Sunday, he had a two-out single to tie game in the eight inning after the bullpen blew a 5-0 lead and then he hit his first career walk-off hit in the 10th inning.
James Paxton deserved the win after becoming the first Yankee and 11th pitcher all-time to strike out at least 12 batters and allow zero runs in consecutive appearances but at least the Yankees were able to avoid suffering a tough loss and now they've won five of their last six games.
The Angels ended a six-game losing streak with an 8-6 win over the Mariners on Sunday. The Angels had an 8-1 lead heading into the ninth inning before the Mariners scored five runs to almost complete a comeback.
Mike Trout leads the Angels in batting average, home runs and RBIs and he's the best player in the world, which illustrates how impressive Clint Frazier has been for the Yankees.
J.A. Happ (0-2, 7.23 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) vs. Matt Harvey (0-2, 9.64 ERA, 1.82 WHIP)
J.A. Happ is still winless but he's coming off his best start of the season last Wednesday against the Red Sox, when he gave up just three earned runs on six hits (two home runs) with four strikeouts and one walk over 6 1/3 innings to get a no-decision in a 5-3 win against the Red Sox last Wednesday.
Happ clearly wasn't lights out but it was his first outing of 4 1/3 or more innings this season and he pitched well in his only start against the Angels last year, throwing seven innings of two-run ball.
As bad as Happ has been, Matt Harvey has been even worse, he allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 4 1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss against the Rangers last Wednesday and he hasn't pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in three of his four starts this season.
The New York Yankees are:
5-0 in their last five games when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game
5-1 in their last six games overall
5-1 in their last six games against a right-handed starter
8-2 in Happ's last 10 starts after scoring five runs or more in their previous game
7-2 in Happ's last nine starts when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game
11-5 in Happ's last 16 starts
5-1 in the last six meetings
7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Angels are:
1-6 in their last seven games overall
0-4 in their last four games against a left-handed starter
I like the Yankees at this price with the better pitcher on the mound. Both bullpens are vulnerable right now so I also lean towards the 'Over' but I'm backing Happ to have a solid performance tonight. Harvey is averaging 3.9 walks per nine innings (BB/9), he's faced 89 batters and opponents are hitting .333 against him and they have a .420 weighted on-base average (wOBA).
MLB Pick: Yankees -105 at Jazz Sports
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