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Sports Betting Notebook : 6/19/2013
HISTORIC MATCHUP ROCKS THE BIG APPLE, AS DODGERS VISIT YANKEES
The Big Apple is BUZZING this week with the renewal of an ancient baseball rivalry. The Los Angeles Dodgers (formerly of Brooklyn) are visiting the New York Yankees in a matchup that's made headlines through multiple decades. It was supposed to begin Tuesday, but a rainout created a very special day-night doubleheader Wednesday with the night game set for national television on ESPN.
It's not quite what the power brokers (and the TV networks!) were hoping for when the season began. This had the potential to be a classic, with the Los Angeles Dodgers projected to be a World Series contender in the National League...and the Yankees hoping to have their star players healthy by mi-June. Instead, the Dodgers have been a colossal flop so far (though there's still time to get hot and get back in at least the Wildcard picture), while the Yankees treaded water as best they could while their injury situation worsened rather than getting better.
The drama of 2013 falls by the wayside Wednesday...overwhelmed by the drama of the Dodgers and the Yankees playing two games in one day in New York. The echoes...the shadows...the ghosts of what baseball used to be will loom large through this major event. No reason to visit a cornfield in Iowa ...those spirits will be watching this doubleheader with the rest of us.
Let's look at today's pitchers
FOR THE DODGERS
Capuano missed a few weeks with a triceps injury. He obviously wasn't pitching very well before the injury. Plus, one good start against horrible Miami helped keep the numbers lower than they would have been otherwise. He did look pretty sharp in his rehab outings though, giving the Dodgers hope that he'll be in much better form now that he's ready to return to the rotation.
Ryu is having a great start to the season, thanks partly to his home park...and partly to having a "first look" advantage over the league. The Yankees obviously haven't seen him yet because he's in the other league. If you're looking to take as hot on the visitor in this twinbill, Ryu is obviously the more lethal of the two Dodger arms at the moment.
FOR THE YANKEES
Kuroda has the stats of a Cy Young candidate (particularly having to face so many AL East offenses), but the won-lost record of a journeyman because he's not getting run support at the right times. He's also been stronger at home than on the road as a Yankee, which bodes well for another strong outing this evening. Can the Yanks score for him? You'd think so against Capuano...but remember that this is far from a vintage Yankees unit. It's a rag-tag offense that's struggled to score consistently in recent weeks.
Hughes has been inconsistent (as usual). There are days where it looks like he might have a long career in this rotation...then others where he looks outmatched by American League hitters. Perhaps he'd star in the lesser National League...which is something to keep in mind as you evaluate his chances in the Wednesday spotlight.
JIM HURLEY has been working very closely with his New York sources to find you some value plays in these games. NETWORK is also looking at Tampa Bay at Boston (Hellickson vs. Dempster), Pittsburgh at Cincinnati (Locke vs. Arroyo), Oakland at Texas (Milone vs. Grimm), and a few situational spots for serious play.
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