With the 2021 MLB regular season set to get underway in earnest on April 1, the New York Yankees will look to subdue the Philadelphia Phillies when the two teams square off in a spring training matchup on Friday. Philly is looking to make a leap this season in the NL East in order to get past division-winning Atlanta and a loaded New York Mets ballclub.
New York is looking to live up to its status as prohibitive favorites to win the American League pennant n 2021. The Yankees were good, but not great a year ago while getting beaten out by Tampa Bay for the AL East division crown. Philly is going with right-hander Ivan Nova in this one while New York hasn’t listed their starter at the time of this writing. Let’s take a closer at both teams and how they arrive into this matchup so you can bet against their MLB odds.
MLB Betting Picks – Philadelphia at New York
Philadelphia Phillies (8-8) Vs New York Yankees (12-4) Match Info
- When: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:35 PM ET
- Where: George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, FL
Philadelphia Still Lacking Quality Pitching
Philly went 28-32 last season to finish third in the NL East while clearly, lacking quality big league caliber pitching. This spring, Philly is 8-8 in 16 Grapefruit League games, but an uninspiring 3-6 in nine road dates. The Phillies have been outscored 73-69 and ride a four-game losing streak into this matchup.
Ivan Nova (0-1, 10.38 ERA) makes the start in this one after getting hammered against Detroit. The 27-year-old right-hander got smacked around for five earned runs on three hits in 1/3 of an inning. Now, Nova will be desperate for a better performance against the Yankees as he tries to lock down one of the last two spots in the Phillies starting rotation.
NY Yankees Already Bombing Away
The Yankees went 33-27 to finish second to AL pennant-winning Tampa Bay. New York is currently atop the Grapefruit League standings at 12-4. The Yankees have gone a near-perfect 6-1 at home while putting 69 runs on the scoreboard and allowing 58 runs defensively.
More importantly, the Bronx Bombers are on fire as they ride the wave of an eight-game winning streak into this matchup. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both had a walk and two hits in New York’s spring training win on Tuesday. New York will be praying to the baseball gods that both, Judge and Stanton can stay healthy for an entire season. Hell, at his point, the Yankees would probably take having just one healthy for a full season.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
At this point, it probably doesn’t matter who’s on the mound for New York. The Yankees are clearly the far superior offensive team with at least 10 players capable of hitting 20 home runs and at least four being sure-fire 30 home run hitters. New York’s potent offense, combined with a completely and utterly mediocre Ivan Nova on the mound, leads me to believe the Bronx Bombers are going to win big to cover the Run Line.
Pick: NY Yankees 6 Phillies 3
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