The Cincinnati Reds (19-19) and New York Yankees (21-18) will continue a three-game interleague series on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET

Cincinnati Reds at New York Yankees 

The New York Yankees have been struggling with runners in scoring position over the last four games

Cincinnati has now dropped three of its first five games on its current road trip, falling 4-0 in its series opener with the New York Yankees on Friday night.  “He must have been doing something real good while he was retired,” stated Reds manager Dusty Baker about Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte, who tossed eight scoreless innings against his club.  The Reds are 5-5 all-time against the Yankees over the course of four interleague series.  Cincinnati is 13-5 in day games this season.

Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey (1-3, 4.35 ERA) has watched the club alternate wins and losses over his last six starts, coming off a no-decision effort against the Atlanta Braves, giving up one run and six hits over 6.2 innings in a 3-1 road win.  The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA in four road outings this year, failing to serve up a home run in 23.1 frames.  Bailey will be facing the Yankees for the first time in his career.

New York snapped a three-game losing streak in capturing last night’s contest, but the offense continues to struggle, scoring just eight combined runs over the last games.  The Yankees have been scuffling at the plate with runners in scoring position, going hitless in seven such at-bats in the series opener, while going 3 for 48 in that situation over the last four contests.  The club moved its record to 20-4 when scoring four or more runs, which is important due to its 1-14 mark when failing to hit that number.  New York is 6-5 in day games this year and the “under” is 7-4 in that situation.

Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (4-1, 5.44 ERA) has led the club to consecutive wins after suffering his first loss of the season on May 2, earning a no decision in a 8-5 road victory over the Baltimore Orioles, allowing five runs and seven hits over 5.1 frames.  The right-hander is 2-1 with a 6.20 ERA in four home outings, as opposing hitters are batting .327 against him.  Nova earned a 5-3 road victory over the Reds in his only career start against them on June 20 of last year, allowing one run and four hits over eight innings.

Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 11-3 mark in Nova’s last 14 home starts, while the Reds are 0-4 in Bailey’s last four efforts against the AL.

Pick: New York Yankees -160

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