Tom Stryker’s Free Baseball Play September 5th


#964 NY YANKEES RUN-LINE (-1.5 -160) with Kluber over Baltimore with Akin at 1:05 PM EST
In a bad mood off yesterday’s 4-3 home loss to the O’s and with beatings in five of their last seven games, the Bronx Bombers know they need to pick up the pace. New York is still 7.5-games back in the hunt for the AL East crown and a losing record within the division (28-31 against AL East foes) simply won’t be tolerated.

Hitting the hill for the Yankees will be veteran right-hander Corey Kluber. In his first start back from suffering some tightness in his throwing shoulder, No. 28 pitched in LA against the Halos and was roughed up for five earned runs and five hits in 4.0 innings of work. Kluber fanned six, walked two, and was tagged with the loss in the Angels 8-7 victory. Thankfully, with 11 starts in the books this season, Corey’s numbers have been good. With 57.1 frames completed, Kluber has surrendered only 23 earned runs and 46 hits. That shakes down to a 4-3 overall record with a 3.61 ERA.

Southpaw Keegan Akin will toe the rubber for the visitors. Lined up against the Blue Jays and Angels in his last two starts, No. 45 was nicked for only two earned runs and five hits in 12.0 innings. Akin whiffed 11, walked five, and served up two home runs on his way to a 2-0 tally with a 1.50 ERA. Unfortunately, foreign soil has been a problem for Keegan. On the road, Akin has been annihilated for 34 earned runs and 54 hits in just 41.0 frames. That’s bad enough for a 1-5 record and a stiff 7.46 ERA.

A slew of money-making trends supports this investment. New York has won five straight against a left-handed starter, eight of its last nine in the third game of a series, 106 of its last 153 as a home favorite, and 42 of its last 61 at home in this series. On the other side of the park, Baltimore has slipped in 42 of its last 54 as a guest, 53 of its last 71 when priced as an underdog, and 20 of its last 27 in the third game of a series.

The Yankees are still in the hunt for the AL Wild Card, and they know they can’t afford to fall to an Orioles bunch that is a whopping 50 games below the .500-mark. Take New York with Kluber on the run line. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.

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