Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner after hitting his game tying two run home run against the Astros in the ninth inning.
- BlackJack Fletcher is back from a weeklong slumber induced by the MLB All-Star break.
- He's got three bets on Friday's MLB card, including two First 5 Innings plays.
All right baby, we’re back out of this weeklong slumber that All-Star week produced. We’ve got a full card today, and we’re going to take full advantage of it, brother. It’s time to get back to the grind. It’s time to get focused. And it’s time to win. We’re coming around the turn and into the home stretch of summer, and we need to find that next gear — that extra something deep inside our souls. It starts today.
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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Noah Syndergaard
New York Mets at New York Yankees (-173)
7:05 p.m. ET
Even with Noah Syndergaard on the mound, the Yankees are still a heavy favorite. That shows how wide the chasm between these two teams is. I think this game is going to be the lowest-scoring affair of their set together. Coming out of the All-Star break, hitters should have a little rust, and pitchers should be rested. I wouldn’t blame you for going under for the full game here, but the play I like best is the first five.
THE PICK: First 5 Innings Under 4.5