The Atlanta Braves (36-32) and New York Yankees (41-26) will close out a three-game interleague series on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 ET

Atlanta Braves at New York Yankees 

The Atlanta Braves have a great opportunity to win a second straight game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday

Atlanta snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night, which served as the team’s second win in nine games.  The Braves are 1-4 against the Yankees during interleague play this season, as they seem to be overmatched in terms of power, hitting just seven interleague home runs.  Outfielder Jason Heyward is still a player to watch offensively, batting .356 in his last 13 games.  Atlanta is 8-8 in June, with the “under” going 12-4 in those contests.

Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson (7-4, 3.32 ERA) has led the club to three consecutive victories, but didn’t earn a decision in a 4-2 home victory over the Baltimore Orioles last time out, giving up two runs (zero earned) and four hits over 5.1 innings.  The right-hander is 6-0 with a 1.22 ERA in seven career starts versus AL East opponents, limiting  batters to a .210 average.  Hanson has always done his best work during this month, posting a 12-2 career record and 3.24 ERA in 17 June starts.

New York had its season-high 10-game win streak snapped in the middle game of this series, as the club just didn’t receive any breaks over the course of the game.  “None of the breaks kind of went our way tonight,” stated Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira.  The Yankees finished the contest 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and had two players thrown out at home plate.  New York is 12-7 in day games, with the “under” going 12-7 in those contests.

Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes (7-5, 4.50 ERA) has won his last three starts, including a 7-2 road victory over the Washington Nationals last time out, surrendering just a single run and six hits over six frames.  The right-hander is 4-2 with a 4.46 ERA in six home starts, but has surrendered nine home runs in 34.1 combined innings.  He has made just a single relief appearance in his career against the Braves, tossing two shutout innings.

Bettors will likely back the Braves due to their 8-0 mark in Hanson’s last eight efforts as an underdog, while the Yankees are 2-5 in Hughes’ last seven starts versus winning teams.

Pick:  Atlanta Braves +136

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