The bats carried CC Sabathia to a 8-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. Ivan Nova (7-4, 3.14 ERA) will be looking for similar support. After a dismal 2012 campaign, Nova has reinvented himself and learned how to become more of a strikeout artist. Nova has struck out 22 percent of batters faced compared to just 14 percent in 2010. Nova has won three of his last five starts while allowing just one home run. Nova has had some success against the Orioles, tossing a complete game, 11 strikeout performance on July 5th.
The Orioles will counter Nova with RHP Scott Feldman (11-9, 3.87 ERA). Since coming over from Chicago, Feldman is 4-3 with a 4.56 ERA. Feldman has failed to worked past the 6th inning in his last three starts. Feldman has not pitched well in Yankee Stadium. His 5.52 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in just 14.2 innings should give Buck Showalter pause.
Pick: The Yankees are installed a small -120 favorite, so we’re going to take them. The Yankees abused Miguel Gonzalez in the fifth inning, so I’m expecting that momentum to carry over to today. Nova has pitched well recently, so give him the edge over Feldman.