Nobody has been able to slow down the Los Angeles Dodgers' offense lately. Luis Severino couldn’t do it last night as the Dodgers hit three home runs and took an 8-4 win over the New York Yankees, but maybe Gerrit Cole will be up to the task on the road today. Cole is 6-0 with a 2.93 ERA in 12 starts this season for the 34-25 Yankees.
The 35-23 Dodgers will counter with 0-1 Michael Grove who comes in with an 8.44 ERA across four starts.
Facing one of the best pitchers in baseball, the Dodgers are home underdogs for just the second time this season.
Yankees vs. Dodgers odds, run line and total
Yankees vs. Dodgers prediction and pick
Over the past week the LA lineup has been absolutely terrifying. As a team they have an OPS of 1.006 and have scored 39 runs in five games while hitting a league best 16 home runs. LA has flipped the switch once again and their stacked lineup in dominating baseball games. Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Max Muncy, and J.D. Martinez each have an OPS north of 1.200 in that five game stretch. They have combined for 12 of the team’s 16 homers.
The Yankees haven’t been bad offensively either. New York is second in runs scored and fourth in OPS over that same seven day period. Aaron Judge is once again the best hitter in baseball and he’s finally bringing along the rest of the lineup with him. Michael Grove will have an incredibly tough test today, but there are reasons for optimism with him. Grove’s ERA is severely inflated from one bad start in which he allowed nine runs on 12 hits over 3.1 innings. Other than that start, he’s been serviceable and will give his team’s great offense a chance today.
New York will obviously have the upper hand in terms of the pitching matchup with Cole on the hill, but he has allowed five earned runs in each of his last two starts and carries in a FIP of 3.69. I don’t think it’s as big of a mismatch as it looks at first glance in terms of starting pitching, so I’ll back the better offense and take the Dodgers as a home underdog which is rarely ever available.
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