The Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees will close out a three-game series Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium
Milwaukee Brewers at New York Yankees
Milwaukee has faced the top three teams in the American League East during interleague action this season and has come away losers in each particular series. The Brewers well-documented struggles on the road continue, falling to 15-26 on the year. Despite the struggles in the Bronx, the club does have a few bright spots to mention, including outfielder Ryan Braun extending the longest current hitting streak in Major League Baseball to 19 games. First baseman Prince Fielder also continues to make a case for the league’s MVP award, driving in his NL-leading 69th RBI. Milwaukee is 5-6 during interleague action heading into the series finale.
Brewers starting pitcher Randy Wolf enters with a 6-4 record and 3.20 ERA in 16 starts and has proven victorious in his last two outings. The left-hander is an even 3-3 with a 3.57 ERA in nine road starts, including a 4-2 victory in Boston on June 18. He tossed seven solid innings in that particular contest, allowing two runs on nine hits. Wolf has made 11 quality starts this season and four in a row. In two career outings versus the Yankees, the veteran has posted a winless 0-1 record and 7.20 ERA.
New York moved its record to 4-1 on its current six-game homestand and will likely finish it off in style under the sun tomorrow. The Yankees are a Major League-best 22-4 in day games this season and have a .284 combined batting average and 42 home runs in those contests. The club has won 14 of its last 18 games and continues to get major offensive contributions from designated hitter Jorge Posada. He came into Wednesday’s game batting .400 with two home runs and nine RBI over the previous 18 games and he added a key sixth-inning round tripper in the second game of this series. New York has recorded a 10-4 mark during interleague play this year and 35-21 record over the last three years.
Yankees starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia is 10-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 17 starts this season and enters on a three-game winning streak. The power left-hander has allowed nine runs and 23 hits over 22 innings of work in that span, as the New York offense has provided him with 30 runs of support. He will be making his 10th overall appearance at Yankee Stadium, coming in with a 4-2 mark and 3.82 ERA, allowing just two home runs in 63 2/3 frames. In two career outings versus the Brewers, Sabathia is 0-1 with a 4.85 ERA.
Bettors will be interested in backing the Brewers due to their 5-0 record in interleague road games versus left-handed starters, while the Yankees are 2-7 after three or more consecutive wins