Yankees vs Cardinals Betting Preview: St. Louis Hosts MLB-Leading New York

Montgomery, Montas Set to Debut with New Teams During Weekend Series

MVP Front-Runners Leading Way in Yankees-Cardinals Series

In the showdown of division leaders or in the case of the host Cardinals, division co-leader, the most intriguing aspect of the three-game series this weekend happens to be a couple of the probable starting pitchers. Those new arrivals will impact the Yankees vs Cardinals betting preview.

Jordan Montgomery, who spent his first six MLB seasons with the Yankees, will make his first start for St. Louis after being shipped out at the trading deadline.

In the series finale, New York is set to start former Oakland ace Frankie Montas.

The series also features the MVP front-runners in both leagues. Paul Goldschmidt of the Cardinals has -125 to win the MVP award in the National League. New York’s Aaron Judge is at -450 in the American League MVP odds.

The Cardinals are 7-4 since play resumed following the MLB All-Star Game. The Yankees are just 6-8, although, with such a commanding lead in the AL East, it is not a cause for concern.

Los Angeles Dodgers are tied in+350 with the  New York Yankees odds to win the World Series. St. Louis is well back at +4000.

Yankees vs Cardinals Game Information

Matchup: New York 70-36 (first in AL East); St. Louis 57-48 (first for first in NL Central)
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis
Television: Saturday’s game is on FOX

Yankees vs Cardinals Probable Pitching Matchups

Friday: Nestor Cortes (Yankees) Dakota Hudson (Cardinals)
Saturday: Domingo German (Yankees) Jordan Montgomery (Cardinals)
Sunday: Frankie Montas (Yankees) Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)

Yankees Look to Move Past All Star Funk

It has all looked so easy for the New York Yankees this season. At one point, the Yankees won nine series in a row to move out to a comfortable lead in the American League East race and post the best record in baseball.

However, since the all-star break, it has been a different story. The Yankees are just 6-8 and have dropped four games in the standings to second-place Toronto. New York still leads the division by 10.5 games; but watch out the last thing the Yankees want to do is start trending in the wrong direction.

Pitching has been an issue with a 4.43 ERA over the last 14 games. Other than Friday’s starter Nestor Cortes, who has a post-all-star ERA of 1.64, the other Yankees starters are 1-4 with a 6.35 ERA.

Cardinals Running Neck and Neck Atop NL Central

While it doesn’t matter if the Yankees hit a rough patch or two over the rest of the regular season, the same can’t be said for the Cardinals, who enter the weekend tied with Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

With non-division leaders Atlanta and San Diego having better records than either the Cardinals and Brewers and Philadelphia with the same win-loss mark, there is no guarantee that the second-place finisher in the division will qualify for the postseason.

The Cardinals are playing like a team that knows what is at stake. St. Louis is third in slugging percentage since play resumed and is tied for the National League lead with 21 home runs during that time. That could come into play in the Yankees vs Cardinals betting preview.

If there has been an issue, the two blown saves have kept St. Louis from holding down sole possession of the first place.

Who’s Hot

  • Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals 1B: Goldschmidt has hits in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .372 with nine runs, eight home runs, and 16 RBIs during that stretch.
  • Ryan Helsley, Cardinals P: Helsley hasn’t allowed a run over his last nine outings. He has 16 strikeouts in 8.1 innings of work during that stretch.
  • Aaron Judge, Yankees OF: Judge is hitting .396 over the last 13 games with 10 of his last 19 hits being home runs. He has also walked 12 times as teams are willing to take their chances with another hitter in the lineup.
  • Ron Marinaccio, Yankees P: Marinaccio has allowed one run over his last 18 appearances. He has allowed four hits over his last 22 innings.

Who’s Not

  • Dylan Carlson, Cardinals OF: Carlson is 3 for 26 with one extra-base hit in his last six games.
  • Domingo German, Yankees P: German has allowed 17 hits, nine runs, and four home runs in 12.2 innings over his three starts since making his season debut on July 21.
  • Jordan Hicks, Cardinals P: Hicks has given up five hits and six runs in 5.1 innings of work over his last five appearances.
  • Gleyber Torres, Yankees IF: Torres is 0 for 14 with six strikeouts over his last four games.

Yankees vs Cardinals Injury Update

When looking at the MLB injury report for the Yankees, outfielder-designated hitter player Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) and pitcher Luis Severino (shoulder) could be back later this month. That is the same deal for recent acquisition and former St. Louis outfielder Harrison Bader.

Outfielder Juan Yepez (forearm) and pitcher Jack Flaherty (shoulder) may return by mid-August for the Cardinals.

Yankees vs Cardinals Betting Analysis

This is the first meeting between these teams since 2017. Not that the head-to-head results matter that much when it comes to the Yankees vs Cardinals betting preview considering how infrequently these teams square off, but the Yankees have won each of the last four meetings.

Although the Cardinals have the third most home wins in the National League, the Yankees are favored in Friday’s opener.

The Cardinals are third and the Yankees sixth in the majors in OPS since the all-star break. St. Louis has 21 home runs and 41 extra-base hits in 11 games while New York has 28 home runs and 49 extra-base hits in 14 games.

The total has gone over in five of the last six games for the Yankees and in five of the last seven St. Louis games. The Cardinals have dropped seven of the last nine contests against teams from the AL East.

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