TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH
#912 NY YANKEES with Cole (-165) over Houston with Javier at 1:05 PM EST
Checking in hungry off last night’s 3-1 home loss to the Astros, the Yankees will get back on track with a solid effort in this right-back rematch. New York holds a stunning 30-8 record at home this season and the Yankee Stadium faithful will provide the assist here.
Up on bump for the Bronx Bombers is powerful right-hander Gerrit Cole. With 14 outings in the bank this season, No. 45 has been touched for only 28 earned runs and 61 hits in 80.1 innings of work. Cole struck out 103 and walked 21 on his way to a solid 6-1 mark with an elite 3.14 ERA. Gerrit has been at his best with the sun shining too. In day starts, Cole has surrendered just five earned runs and 15 hits in 23.0 frames. After the math, that equates to a 1-0 record and a respectable 1.96 ERA.
Young righty Cristian Javier will counter for the ‘Stros. So far this year, No. 53 has appeared in 13 games (nine starts) and been tapped for 19 earned runs and 42 hits in 55.2 innings. Javier whiffed 68 and walked 23 on his way to a 4-3 mark with a 3.07 ERA. The road hasn’t exactly been kind to Cristian either. On foreign soil, Javier has been crushed for 12 earned runs and 23 hits in 23.1 frames. That’s bad enough for a 1-1 tally with an elevated 4.63 ERA.
Technically speaking, this is a solid spot for the Pinstripes. New York has cashed 21 of its last 27 when coming off a loss, 53 of its last 73 when playing in the Big Apple, 25 of its last 35 after scoring two runs or less last, and 80 of its last 117 when competing on a Saturday. On the other side of the yard, Houston has dropped five of its last seven against AL East foes and four straight when playing on Saturday.
The Yanks have the better arm on the bump and, after scoring just one run yesterday (the team averages 5.0 runs per game), they’ll have no trouble lighting up the scoreboard here. Take New York with Cole. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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