PINSTRIPES IN PHILLY, LITERALLY; HAPP LOOKING TO GET ON TRACK
The Yankees (8-1) will be rocking the pinstripes in Game One of today’s 7-inning doubleheader versus the Phillies (1-3) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, as they’ll be considered the home team — to make up for yesterday’s scheduled game in The Bronx that the tropical storm took care of.
DRAFTKINGS CONTEST : Classic contest at 4:05PM EST / 1:05PM PT (2-Games). NOTE: The second game of the doubleheader will not be available on DraftKings.
TV / RADIO : TV: YES, FS1; Radio: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280; Phillies: 9TV: NBSCP; Radio: 4WIP, WTTM 1680
THE WISE GUYS : The sportsbooks like the Yankees in the first game of today’s twin bill with a moneyline of New York -140, Philly +130. The spread and Over/Under are unavailable at this writing. Please check back in a hour or so.
BALLPARK CONDITIONS : After Hurricane Isaias did a number on the area yesterday, forecasts for game time today iclude temps of 86° under sunny skies and a mild 8mph westerly breeze.
PITCHING MATCHUP : The Phillies will go with righty Zack Wheeler (1-0, 1.29 ERA, $10,000) who is making his second start of 2020. He tossed 7 strong innings for the victory against the Marlins on July 25th’s season opener.
Wheeler’s repertoire includes a mid-90s four-seam fastball, a 87mph cutter, a change up and curve, both in the high-70s. He generates the most swings and misses with his cutter and change up. He last faced the Yankees on July 3, 2019 as a New York Met, scattering 5 hits over 6.1 innings while striking out 8. Wheeler did not factor in the decision for the Met’s 4-2 win.
The Yankees will start lefthander J.A. Happ (0-0, 9.00 ERA, $9,300), who was touched up early by the Baltimore Orioles on July 30th but settled down to complete 4 innings but did not factor in the decision.
Happ has not faced the Phillies since 2018, and only five times total in his 13-year MLB career, holding the club to a .188 BA over 112 total ABs against.
YANKEES HITTING NOTES :
- All small samples, but two Yankees took Wheeler deep in 2019: 3B Gio Urshela ($4,500) and 1B Luke Voit ($3,900)
- OF Aaron Judge ($5,300) failed to homer in Monday’s game, after going deep for the previous 6 straight. He remains red-hot and is a must for your lineup.
PHILLIES HITTING NOTES :
- One guy we’re always nervous about is old-friend SS Didi Gregorius ($3,800) — especially at this value price.
- With only 4 games under their belt, the hitting stats are easy to analyze but it never hurts to go with the power guys — like OF Jay Bruce ($3,400), who went yard off Gerrit Cole.
- Also keep an eye on 3B/OF Phil Gosselin ($2,600), who is at a bargain basement price as he’s leading the team in most hitting categories.
INJURED LIST : Yankees on the IL include Aroldis Chapman and Luis Severino (elbow, out for the season) and Tommy Kahnle (forearm, out for the season, Tommy John).
Phillies on the IL include P David Robertson (elbow, 60-Day), P Seranthony Dominguez (elbow, 60-Day).
IMPORTANT : Check back after the official lineups have been announced (usually by 2pm EST), and definitely double-check your DraftKings MLB fantasy line at least 15-20 minutes prior to gametime (4:05pm EST/1:05pm PT) to make sure all of your picks are starting. Good luck, and Let’s Go Yankees!
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