The New York Yankees (34-25) and Atlanta Braves (34-26) will open up a three-game interleague series on Monday night at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
New York Yankees at Atlanta Braves
New York survived closer Rafael Soriano’s first blown save in 10 chances Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game home sweep of the New York Mets with a 5-4 walk-off victory. The Yankees have now won 17 of their last 23 games against National League teams, while the starting rotation has tallied a 1.95 ERA in the first nine games of June. Shortstop Derek Jeter is certainly the player to watch offensively, hitting .404 in 13 career games in Atlanta. New York is 5-4 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125, with the “under” going 5-4 in those contests.
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (7-2, 5.09 ERA) has won his last three starts, including a 4-1 home win over the Tampa Bay Rays last time out, giving up one run and four hits over eight frames. The right-hander enters this contest with a perfect 4-0 record and 4.78 ERA in five road outings, but opponents are hitting .306 against him. In five career interleague starts, Nova is 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA, but has never faced the Braves.
Atlanta was unable to maintain its four-run lead in dropping a 12-4 contest to the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field on Sunday, as the pitching staff surrendered a season-high 18 hits. The Braves are still 13-3 in their last 16 games against American League opponents, while going 65-60 all-time in interleague play at home. Third baseman Chipper Jones may be in the lineup for the second straight game, coming off the 15-day disable list on Sunday, after suffering through a calf injury. The future Hall of Famer is a .328 career hitter in 26 games against the Bronx Bombers.
Braves starting pitcher Randall Delgado (4-5, 4.26 ERA) has won his last two efforts, including a 2-1 road win over the Miami Marlins last time out, surrendering just a single run and two hits over 6.1 frames. The right-hander has an even 2-2 record and 3.64 ERA in five home starts, issuing 12 walks and striking out 19 in 29.2 innings. Delgado will need to keep the ball down against this aggressive lineup, with the Yankees leading the majors with 92 big flies in 2012. He has never faced him in his brief career.
Bettors will likely back the Braves due to their 6-1 record in interleague play as an underdog, while the Yankees are 2-5 on the road against winning home teams.
Pick: Atlanta Braves +102
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