Yankees vs. Cardinals MLB Odds, Pick & Preview: Value on St. Louis as Road Underdogs? (Sunday, August 7)
Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images. Pictured: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)
- The Cardinals are looking for a sweep in their highly anticipated series against the Yankees.
- Adam Wainwright gets the ball for St. Louis, and Frankie Montas will make his Yankees debut for New York.
- Jules Posner shares his best bet below.
Yankees vs. Cardinals Odds
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The New York Yankees look to avoid a rare sweep against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon and they’ll turn to their newest addition to salvage the series.
Frankie Montas will be making his debut for the Yankees and he’ll be opposed by Adam Wainwright. Pitching is going to be the story here as the Cardinals have won the first two games of this series by one run. Now, the pressure is on Montas to do what he was traded to New York to do.
The Yankees are in the middle of one of their worst stretches of the season as they are only 4-6 over their past 10 games. On the other side, the Cards are 8-2 over their past 10 and look to create more distance between themselves and the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
New York Yankees: Montas Making Debut
The Yankees have stalled coming out of the All-Star break, only posting a 6-10 mark since the season resumed. With some new faces in the clubhouse, the Yankees have been slow out of the gates, but the debut of Frankie Montas should energize the ball club.
Offensively, the Yankees have remained competent in terms of creating scoring opportunities. They have a 105 wRC+ against right handers over the past couple of weeks on the road, but the conversion to runs is not happening at the moment.
Additionally, that wRC+ mark is only 14th in MLB, which puts them almost squarely in the middle of the pack. It seems as if their slugging has dipped some coming out of the break, which is what seems to be the a cause for the offensive stall.
Montas will make his first start as a Yankee and he will be pitching in an undesirable situation. He has a 4.85 ERA on the road this season, but a 3.73 FIP. However, his nagging injuries and his highly anticipated debut could have a negative effect on him as he relies heavily on sink and drop for his two primary pitches. If he’s too amped, his pitches may flatten out.
St. Louis Cardinals: Can Wainwright Silence Yankees?
The Cardinals probably have one of the better pitching options to attempt to keep the Yankees at bay tomorrow afternoon. Adam Wainwright is accurate, smart and does not supply power for opposing batters.
Wainwright is also pitching at home, where he’s sporting a sub-2 ERA this season. His home FIP sits at 3.10, but that’s still really good. Considering the Yankees’ present offensive struggles, Wainwright may actually have the edge on Sunday.
The Cards’ offense is also hot presently. Over the past two weeks, the Cardinals have the second best team wRC+ in the league against right handers at home.
The Yankees are the best team in baseball, but they haven’t been playing like it lately. This bodes well for a Cardinals team looking to pull off a sweep and hold their division rival Brewers at bay.
With Adam Wainwright on the mound, the Cardinals have a huge advantage. Furthermore, while Frankie Montas is an exciting pickup for the Yankees, he’s not infallible. He’s actually pretty fallible on the road.
The Cardinals are the underdogs in this matchup, but not by much. Their moneyline could still be had at +110, which is a good deal considering this seems like a good opportunity for them to sweep the “struggling” Yankees. If you’re not confident in the full game moneyline, the Cardinals’ first five is also +110. Play it as long as it’s in plus money.
Pick: Cards ML +110