Monday’s MLB Over/Under: Will Happ Continue Strong Work With the Yanks?

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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.

Happ’s counterpart, Gibson, has not been nearly as consistent throughout the last several weeks, but I still trust the 2009 first-round draft pick to come through tonight while in the midst of wrapping up a career-best season.

In his last outing — against the defending champs in Houston — Gibson allowed a pair of earned runs and five baserunners in seven innings. That was the third time in his last five starts that Gibson pitched at least seven frames.

Gibson’s previous encounter with New York this season ended up being arguably one of his best showings since first arriving in the big leagues five years ago. The 6-foot-6 Missouri grad struck out 10 batters for the first time in his career while allowing just a single hit in six scoreless innings.

Considering where the over/under currently sits, wait first before putting this bet in to see if it goes back up to 9.

Play: UNDER 8.5/9