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July 4th Yanks-Braves Rubber Match In The Boogie Down

July 4th Yanks-Braves Rubber Match In The Boogie Down

Happy 242, USA! There is a full slate of the American pastime on tap today, starting with the early game in Washington, DC where the Nationals need to wake up and clock the Sawx!
 
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Back in The Boogie Down, the Bronx Bombers have the pesky Atlanta Braves on hand for the rubber match of a well-fought three game series. CC Sabathia will be making his 16th start of the season, and is pitching to a 5-3 record with a 3.02 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He is coming off a strong outing against the powerful Red Sox lineup, going 7 innings and allowing one earned run, scattering 6 hits.
 
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The Big Man takes bump against Atlanta’s Julio Teheran (6-5, 4.21 ERA, 14.2 DKFP) — a talented young right-hander who can seem un-hittable when he’s on, but no one knows when that is.
 
But you gotta give it to the Braves. They are tough outs, all 27 of ’em. Even as Domingo German was putting up zeros last night, every at-bat seemed like torture.
 

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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Giancarlo Stanton is 5-35 against Teheran, with 12 strikeouts. However, 3 of those 5 hits were home runs.
 
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Didi Gregorius is 4-9 against the Atlanta righty with a home run and 2 walks. Didi is getting good wood on the ball lately and should have a solid afternoon at the plate.
 
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Kurt Suzuki, certified Yankee-killer, is 11-39 against CC with 4 home runs, 3 doubles and 5 walks. You can pretty much take Suzuki to the bank at Yankee Stadium.
 
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Nick Markakis, who is having a career year, also sees Sabathia well. The right fielder is 21-71 (.296) with 1 home run and 5 doubles.
 
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Aaron Judge. All rise! The All-Star right fielder is off to a solid July with 6 hits in 12 ABs including 2 home runs. Look for his numbers to hold steady at home.
 

The Wise Guys

The oddsmakers have the Yankees a -175 money line favorite, with a 9.5 over/under. In the last four Braves vs Yankees matchups, the total has gone over and it probably will again today. Atlanta plays well on the road (5-2 in their last 7 games and 26-18 overall), but the pinstripes are killing it at home with a 32-13 mark, best in the majors.
 
 
Remember this is for speculation only, not meant to be taken as gospel. And don’t forget to double-check your lineup(s) just prior to game time as the weather may create havoc for you. We exist under the manta that “You can’t predict baseball” but it’s fun trying. Good luck with your lineup and let’s go Yankees!
 

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