On the heels of a nine-game winning streak, things get a little tougher for the Atlanta Braves on Monday when they begin a series against the New York Yankees. Oddly enough, the Yankees have also won nine in a row heading this series.
Naturally, the game has even odds, with both teams having a moneyline of -110.
Even with their nine-straight wins, the Yankees are still 4.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. However, they’ve gone 17-4 in August and are finally playing like the team we thought they’d be after making some moves at the trade deadline. While they keep pushing, the Yankees have at least taken the lead in the Wild Card standings.
Meanwhile, the Braves have used their nine-game winning streak to seize complete control of the NL East. Much like the Yankees, the Braves made moves at the deadline that have changed their season, allowing them to win 16 of their last 18 games. Atlanta’s schedule gets harder moving forward, but the Braves have built a five-game lead atop the division.
Return of the Kid
Huascar Ynoa is scheduled to start for the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. The 23-year-old got off to a great start this season before going on the IL in late May after breaking his hand by punching a wall. However, Ynoa pitched 5.1 scoreless innings in his first start back from the IL last week, allowing just three hits against the Miami Marlins and lowering his ERA to 2.70.
Of course, facing the Yankees will be far more difficult than facing Miami’s lineup. The Yankees have averaged 5.8 runs per game over their last 10 games despite missing a few key pieces during that stretch. The likes of Geo Urshela and Gleyber Torres are still on the IL, but Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton are red-hot at the moment, which means New York’s lineup is far deeper than it was a few weeks ago.
Monday is Jordan Montgomery’s turn to take the mound for the New York Yankees. He’s not getting nearly enough credit for being a steady part of the New York rotation, going 4-5 with a 3.77 ERA over 22 starts. The only caveat is that he rarely goes deep in games, although Montgomery has only allowed four runs in his last 19.2 innings.
Oddly enough, the Atlanta offense has been up and down during the team’s winning streak. The Braves scored just 11 runs during their three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles over the weekend and have been held to three runs or less six times in their last 14 games. But while the team cooled off a little over the weekend, Freddie Freeman, Austin Riley, and Jorge Soler are all scorching-hot right now.
Flip a Coin
Most bettors could just flip a coin in this game because both teams have even odds and have won nine in a row. However, the Braves have a slight advantage because they’re at home and have the more talented starting pitcher. With the Yankees still missing a couple of pieces and the Braves at full strength, bet on Atlanta to win its 10th in a row on Monday night.
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