TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY, MAY 26TH
#920 NY YANKEES with German (-140) over Toronto with Manoah at 7:05 PM EST
After ripping off six consecutive straight up wins, the Bronx Bombers dropped a 6-2 decision to the Blue Jays last night. It’s time for the Yankees to start a new streak.
On the bump for the Pinstripes will be right-hander Domingo German. With eight starts in the books this season, No. 55 has been scratched for only 15 earned runs and 41 hits in 44.1 innings of work. German has fanned 42 and walked eight on his way to a 4-2 overall record and a sound 3.05 ERA. In his last three performances against the Rangers, Orioles and Nationals, German was in a zone too surrendering just three earned runs and 15 hits in 19.1 frames. After the math, that adds up to a solid 2-0 mark with a powerful 1.40 ERA.
The Jays will counter with rookie Alek Manoah. Scooped up in Round 1 of the 2019 draft (11th overall), No. 75 has made three starts for Triple-A Buffalo and pitched very well inking a 3-0 record with a jaw-dropping 0.50 ERA. Unfortunately, backing Alek here is going to be an issue. This will be Manoah’s first Major League Baseball start and, matched up against a Yanks crew that is ranked 11th in homeruns with 58, the rookie will definitely have his hands full. To make matters worse, Alek’s secondary pitches need some work and he will struggle in the Bigs without those refined.
Plenty of quality angles back this investment. New York has won 10 of its last 11 games when facing a foe that holds a team won/loss percentage greater than .500, 68 of its last 92 at home against a right-handed starter, 84 of its last 117 when priced as a home favorite, and 45 of its last 65 in the second game of a series. On the flip side, Toronto has dropped 47 of its last 70 on the road when battling a team with a winning record and seven of its last 10 after allowing two runs or less.
The Yankees are currently looking up in the standings at the Red Sox and Devil Rays and they can’t afford to lose at home to Major League arm making his first career start. Take New York with German. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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