Fresh off of a series win that involved the 24th perfect game in MLB history, the New York Yankees go on the road play the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday for a doubleheader.
New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals (-110, 9)
The Yankees give Luis Severino that start on the mound for game one, who’s struggled since beginning the season on the injured list with a 5.25 ERA in seven starts this season with two home runs and 3.8 walks per nine innings allowed.
While Severino has struggled out of the gates, his most recent start was his best, hurling six shut out innings in a 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers.
Behind Severino, the Yankees have the league’s best bullpen ERA but have also failed to generate any offense without reigning American League MVP Aaron Judge in the lineup.
Entering Thursday, the Yankees averaged 3.2 runs per game in 20 games since Judge’s injury on June 3 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the fewest runs per game of any team in the league in that span.
Cardinals game one starter Jack Flaherty will look to keep the Yankees bats silent on Friday and is looking to increase his command, which has been the root of his struggles this season.
Flaherty has a 4.80 ERA, but a 4.25 fielding independent with 0.7 home runs allowed and nine strikeouts per nine innings, but his five walks per nine innings have been an issue with him having allowed six runs in each of his past two starts after allowing a combined two runs in his previous three. With the Yankees 25th in the league in walks per game, a few extra swings in pitches outside the zone should help Flaherty’s cause.
The Cardinals have also struggled on offense recently, entering Thursday having averaged 3.7 runs per game in their past 29 games since May 24, the fewest runs per game of any National League team in that span.
With how much both offenses have struggled this month, Friday is a good spot for a pair of starting pitchers that have underdelivered this season to get back on track and with the Yankees bullpen dominance thrown in, runs will be at a premium on Friday.
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