MLB Betting: Mets, Yankees Battle in Bronx

Three interleague rivalries highlight the Tuesday MLB schedule, starting with the battle of New York between the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

The Mets and Yankees kicked off their short two-game series in the Bronx on Monday. Heading into the opener, the Mets were 4-1 in their last five but a lousy 2-10 in their last 12 road games. The Yankees were a disappointing 2-5 in their last seven.

On Tuesday the scheduled pitching matchup is Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61) for the Mets and James Paxton (3-2, 3.11) for the Yankees.

The Mets have won Wheeler’s last four starts. Last time out he held the San Francisco Giants to three runs on three hits in seven innings. The Mets won 7-4 as a -170 favorite at Bovada Sportsbook.

Paxton had trouble with the Toronto Blue Jays in his last start, allowing four runs on four hits in 4.2 innings. The Yankees lost 11-7 as a -200 favorite. In his only career start against the Mets, Paxton tossed six shutout innings.

Maeda has been dominant at home

Continuing our look at Tuesday’s interleague matchups, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels continue a two-game series in Anaheim. The MLB-best Dodgers are 9-2 in their last 11 games. The Angels are 2-5 in their last seven and only 4-9 in their last 13 at home.

On tap to start Tuesday is Kenta Maeda (7-2, 3.48) for the Dodgers and Felix Pena (3-1, 4.53) for the Angels.

Maeda has very different numbers at home than on the road this season. At home he’s 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA, compared with a 2-2 record and a 5.09 ERA on the road.

Pena’s last outing was a nightmare, as he was shelled for seven runs on eight hits in only 1.2 innings against the Oakland Athletics. Oakland won 10-9 as a +114 underdog.

Reds have gone UNDER total in seven straight

Finally, also on tap Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians play host to the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are 2-5 in their last seven and they’ve been a solid bet for totals bettors taking the UNDER with seven straight UNDERs. Cleveland has won four straight against Cincinnati, and the Indians are 7-3 in their last 10 at home against the Reds.

On Tuesday the Reds are expected to start ace Luis Castillo (6-1, 2.38), while Cleveland will counter with Trevor Bauer (4-6, 3.93).

Castillo hasn’t been charged with a loss since April 3. Unfortunately he plays for the lousy Reds, who are 6-5 in his 11 starts since then. This will be his first career start against Cleveland.

Bauer has taken the loss in four straight starts. Pitching in Cleveland this season he’s 1-4 with a 5.61 ERA in seven outings. In five career starts against Cincinnati he is 1-2 with a 3.54 ERA.