MLB Best Bet For September 15, 2023 | Yankees vs. Pirates

What started as a great week has once again turned south as the weekend approaches. The Mets absolutely demolished the Diamondbacks on Thursday night. The result was us going 1-2 on our picks and falling behind on the week with a 6-7 record. We’re staying with teams from the Big Apple tonight and choosing the Yankees 74-73 and Pittsburgh (69-78).

The Pitchers

This is our third time to have Gerrit Cole (13-4, 2.79 ERA) in two weeks. He was at the helm of a 4-3 Yankee win against Milwaukee on September 10th and as picked up wins in four consecutive starts. Over the last five games Cole has an average of 2.00 earned runs per game.

Pittsburgh’s Johan Oviedo (8-14, 4.34 ERA) has led the Pirates to victory three times in his last five appearances. During that span he’s allowing opponents just 2.2 earned runs per game, but his last two outings have gone just 3.2 innings.

The Lineups

New York is led by Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres. Judge leads the Yankees with 32 home runs while Torres leads the team in batting average (.272) and RBI (65). Over the last five games New York has only scored 19 runs.

Jack Suwinski and Bryan Reynolds continue to dominate Pittsburgh’s lineup. Suwinski leads the team in home runs (25), while Reynolds paces the Pirates with a .272 batting average and 74 RBI. The Pirates have crossed home plate 18 times over the last five games.

The Streaks

New York heads to Pittsburgh having won four of its last five games. The Pirates are currently on a three-game winning streak.

The Odds

Yankees -1.5

Yankees -165 on the moneyline

O/U 7.5

I’m riding the fence here again. The Yankees are heavy favorites here, which it why I like them on the moneyline. I’m taking the Pirates to keep it to just a run though (+1.5) and we’re sticking with the under.

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