Sunday evening in MLB and we will see the Atlanta Braves travel the Big Apple to take on the New York Yankees in game 1 of their series. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 pm start time and it will be televised live on ESPN. Currently the odds have the Yankees favored at -203, while the Braves are dogs of +175. The total for the game is at 9 runs.
Free Analysis: The 40-25 New York Yankees look for their 10th consecutive win on Monday at home against the 35-31 Atlanta Braves. After losing to Tampa Bay on June 7, New York (40-25) has reeled off nine straight victories by sweeping three-game sets from the New York Mets, Atlanta and Washington. It marks the first time the Yankees, a major league-best 19-4 since May 22, have swept three straight series of at least three games apiece since their 1998 championship season. In Sunday's 4-1 win over the Nationals, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano hit solo homers to back Ivan Nova's fifth straight victory. Granderson's shot was his team-leading 21st and fourth in the last eight games, while Cano is batting .381 with four homers in his last 12 contests. Not only does this team have offense, but their pitching has been stellar of late as well. New York has a 1.88 ERA with 81 strikeouts over 86 innings during their winning streak, and it'll turn to ace CC Sabathia (8-3, 3.70 ERA) tonight. Sabathia wasn't his sharpest Tuesday in Atlanta, yielding four runs and a season-high 10 hits in seven innings, but he got some late offensive support in a 6-4 win. He is home in this one, where he is 3-2 with a 2.41 ERA and he is 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA in 3 career starts vs the Braves. The Braves (35-31) have lost six of seven and have been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time since June 5-6, 2009. They fell 2-0 to Baltimore on Sunday after being one-hit the night before. Atlanta has now averaged just 1.7 rpg in their last 6 games. First baseman Freddie Freeman has missed the last four contests with a sore finger and Dan Uggla is slumping. Uggla, who leads the Braves with 11 homers and 41 RBIs, is hitting .095 with no RBIs in his last seven games. Mike Minor had a rough start to his season but has figured it out recently, allowing a total of two runs and nine hits in 12 1/3 innings over his last two turns. One of those came against New York last week, when he yielded one run in 7 1/3 innings before being let down by the bullpen. The 24-year-old is 2-2 with a 6.58 ERA on the road this season. The Braves have played well on the road this year at 20-14, while the Yanks are 10-12 at home.
Free Pick: Gonna look to the Under in this. The Braves offense has been horrid of late as they have averaged just 1.7 rpg in their last 6 games and they have been been shutout in 3 of those games, including their last 2. Now they get to take on a Yankees staff that has a 1.97 ERA in June, with teams hitting just .224 off of them during the month. CC Sabathia gets the Ball for the Yanks tonight and he has been tough at home this year, with a 2.45 ERA and he hasn't allowed more than 3 ER's in any of his 5 home starts this year. if CC has any trouble at all then a Yanks pen that has a 1.93 ERA in its last 10 games will take over. This Atlanta, that scored just 6 runs in their three games with the Yanks last week, will not break out tonight. Mike Minor has had a tough year, but he comes in allowing just 2 total ER's in his last 2 starts, including allowing just 1 ER in 7.1 innings to the Yanks in last week's meeting. The Yanks offense has been solid this year as always, but coming off a trip they may be a bit sluggish here, and will probably need to put up at least 7 runs for this one to go over as the Braves will be good for no more than 3. I look for about 7 runs in this one.
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