Tuesday night starts a two-game interleague matchup of East coast teams as the Philadelphia Phillies (47-45) square off with the New York Yankees (48-44). The Yankees will host this one at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm ET.
The Phillies won three of four against the Miami Marlins over the weekend, including a 7-4 victory on Sunday, before enjoying an off day Monday. Now 7-3 in their last 10, the Phillies come into this one on a bit of a hot streak.
The Yankees also enjoyed a successful weekend taking two of three from the A.L. East-leading Boston Red Sox. While they are still 7.5 games back in the division, they hope to keep rolling in the second half as they fight to get into a postseason position.
The Phillies are the slight favorites despite playing on the road. They are -122 to win while the Yankees’ moneyline is +104. The runline features New York +1.5 (-162), and the over/under for total runs is nine.
Part of the reason the Phillies are the favorites is the fact that they are sending Aaron Nola to the mound. Nola has been a bit more inconsistent this season than usual, but he is still 6-5 with a 4.53 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and has 126 strikeouts in 101.1 innings.
The Yankees will counter with righty Domingo German (4-5, 4.72 ERA). German last appeared as a reliever in the 4-0 loss to Boston, pitching a scoreless inning and allowing just a single hit.
By The Numbers
Offensively, Philadelphia has been the stronger team this season. They rank 13th in scoring averaging 4.54 runs per game. The Yankees fall to 21st averaging 4.15 runs.
It is the Yankees with the advantage on the defensive side. They rank 11th in scoring defense allowing opponents an average of 4.08 runs per game. The Phillies rank 18th allowing 4.63 runs per game (4.92 on the road).
Phillies Have To Improve On The Road
At 47-45, the Phillies sit just 2.5 games behind the New York Mets in the N.L. East. Still, if they want to make a run at the division, it would help if they could improve on the road. While they are 27-17 at home, they are just 20-28 on the road.
Leading the way for the Phillies is outfielder Bryce Harper. He is currently hitting .283/.380/.519 with 15 home runs, 34 runs batted in, and 49 runs scored.
While Harper has performed well, it is Rhys Hoskins who is currently leading the team in home runs (20), runs batted in (56), and runs scored (51).
Yankees Trying To Stay Hot
This has largely been a miserable season for Yankees’ fans thus far. Not only do they sit in fourth place in their division, but they have to see the hated Red Sox at the top. 7-3 over their last 10, though, the Yankees are trying to climb back into the divisional race.
Offensively, Aaron Judge has been the best hitter for New York this season. He is currently hitting .282/.375/.526 with a team-leading 21 home runs, 47 runs batted in, and 51 runs scored.
One player to keep an eye on in this one is Giancarlo Stanton. In his career against Aaron Nola, he is hitting .308 in 13 at-bats with two home runs and three runs batted in.
Take New York On The Runline
Both of these teams have been playing some good ball as of late, and both definitely have something to play for. While Aaron Nola is the stronger pitcher overall, he has not been quite as dominant as usual this season.
This could be a close one that comes down to the bullpens. While it could go either way, the smart play is on the Yankees at +1.5 (-162) on the runline.