Wendell Cruz, USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: J.A. Happ
Betting odds: New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins
- Over/Under: 8.5
- First Pitch: 8:10 p.m. ET
- Probable Pitchers: J.A. Happ (15-6, 3.90 ERA) vs. Kyle Gibson (7-12, 3.74 ERA)
Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Betting Record: 93-61-4, +25.7 units
Yesterday’s Result: Angels-White Sox Under 8.5, Heaney vs. Lopez (WIN)
*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unit
Since being dealt to the Yankees before the trade deadline, veteran southpaw J.A. Happ has brought along nothing but solid, steady pitching. In fact, Happ is undefeated in pinstripes.
With his new club, Happ has allowed no more than two runs in all but two of his outings and owns a 3.10 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and .213 batting average against. That’s a marked improvement compared to the 4.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and .229 BAA he registered in 20 starts with Toronto.
Should we be surprised? Absolutely not. Not only is Happ one of the more underrated left-handers in baseball, he’s done this before. Before the 2015 trade deadline, Happ was sent from Seattle to Pittsburgh and proceeded to notch a 7-2 record in 11 starts to go with a stingy 1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and .221 BAA.