The Cincinnati Reds (20-19) and New York Yankees (21-19) will close out a three-game interleague series on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET
Cincinnati Reds at New York Yankees
Cincinnati evened the series at a game apiece with a 6-5 road win over New York on Saturday afternoon, as first baseman Joey Votto delivered the big blow with a three-run home run. He’s enjoyed his time in the Bronx during his career, hitting .421 with two home runs, while hitting five of his seven round trippers in the last seven games overall. The Reds are now 3-3 during their seven-game road trip, looking to improve upon their 9-8 mark during the month of May. Cincinnati is 14-5 in day games, and the “over” is 10-9 in those contests.
Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (4-1, 1.89 ERA) is coming off his worst outing of the 2012 campaign, dropping a 6-2 road decision to the Atlanta Braves, allowing six runs (five earned) and eight hits over four frames. The right-hander has made five of his last six starts away from Cincinnati, posting a 2-1 record and 2.16 ERA in those outings, as opposing hitters are batting .254 against him. In two career games versus the Yankees, Cueto has an even 1-1 record and 1.50 ERA, scattering six hits over 12 innings.
New York has dropped four of five games, and has managed to get just five hits in its last 55 at-bats with runners in scoring position. “I think everyone just tries to pick everyone up,” commented Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. “Guys are probably putting a little bit of pressure on themselves.” The Yankees dropped to 20-5 when scoring at least four runs this season, while they are 6-6 in day games. New York is 4-2 as a home favorite of -150 to -175, with the “under” going 5-1 in those contests.
Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (5-1, 3.77 ERA) was handed his first loss of the season last time out, giving up four runs and eight hits over six frames in a 5-2 setback on the road to the Baltimore Orioles. The left-hander has compiled a perfect 3-0 record and 1.93 ERA in three home starts, issuing just four walks and striking out 25 in 23.1 innings. In 11 career starts versus the Reds, Sabathia is 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA, including a perfect 2-0 mark and 2.70 ERA in six outings at home.
Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 7-0 record in Sabathia’s last seven Sunday starts, while the Reds are 3-8 in Cueto’s last 11 efforts as a road underdog of +110 to +150.