Of all the divisions in the MLB, it was perhaps the AL East that was the most difficult to predict heading into this season. The general consensus among those in the know was that the Boston red Sox were the betting odds favorites to win it, but even those who picked the Red Sox did so with a bit of an asterisk attached. Boston are a team that have all the tools to be very good, but also the ability to completely go in the tank. It’s still far too early to tell how things are going to play out, but they are certainly not having it all their way so far. The Baltimore Orioles look very good, and currently sit atop the division, while the New York Yankees look to be a whole lot better than anyone expected. The Orioles will be heading to the Big Apple this weekend for a 3-game series with the Yankees, and will be looking to extend the 1.5-game lead they have over their opponent at the top of the AL East. Find the latest MLB betting run lines here.
A Closer Look At The Orioles At Yankees MLB Expert Picks
When: Friday, April 28 at 7:05 PM EST
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York
Starting Pitchers: Jayson Aquino Vs CC Sabathia
TV: MASN, YES
Radio: 105.7 The Fan, Orioles Radio Network, WADO 1280, WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: New York Yankees Money Line -120
Why bet on the Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles (14-6) are sitting proudly atop the AL East, and they are there in spite of the fact that they have not exactly been a powerhouse on offense. The Orioles have managed just 79 runs through their first 20 games, which tells you that they are getting some quality starts, 12 to be exact, from their pitching staff. The good news for Baltimore here is that you have to believe that their bats are going to come to life sooner rather than later, at which point they may well be in a position to really take control of this division. Baltimore are 6-3 on the road this season, and will send Jayson Aquino (1-0, 3.00 ERA) to the mound on Friday night.
Why bet on the New York Yankees
The New York Yankees (12-7) are proving to be a very pleasant surprise, and they are also proving to be must see TV this season, if only to drink in the brilliance that is rookie phenomenon Aaron Judge. This young man is turning into a human highlight reel, knocking the cover off the ball, and jumping into the stands to make ridiculous catches. It appears that his play is somewhat infectious, as the Yankees as a team are stepping things up in a big, big way. They appear to have found a nice balance between offense and defense, and are currently sitting pretty with a +32 run differential. CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.70 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Both of these teams are going well right now, and both are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The edge here goes to the Yankees, though, as they have put together an 8-1 record at home this season.