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Rockies @ Yankees: New York goes for a fifth straight win

Rockies @ Yankees MLB odds spreads and predictions

The New York Yankees lead the AL East by 9 games.

The Bronx Bombers slugged their way to a fourth straight win and took the opening game of the series with the Colorado Rockies 8-2.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, Edwin Encarnacion came up with the bases loaded and clobbered a grand slam to give the Yankees a two-run lead.

Former Colorado Rockie, DJ LeMahieu had his way with his former team contributing an RBI single in the fourth and beat out ground ball for a fielder's choice in the sixth. LeMahieu then came in to score in the sixth off Aaron Judge's 12th home run of the season.

Game information

When is it? Saturday July 20th

What time is first pitch? 1:05 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Yankee Stadium

Which channel is it on? YES

The lowdown

The Colorado Rockies jumped out to an early lead in the second inning with the help of a solo home run from Ryan McMahon.

Two batters later, Garrett Hampson provided an RBI double that scored Chris Ianetta for the second run of the game.

Pitcher Kyle Freeland continued to struggle this season, allowing five earned on six hits in four innings. Freeland brought his record to 2-7 and a troublesome 7.62 ERA.

Rockies @ Yankees Runline

The Yankees are giving Colorado 1.5 runs in this matchup.

New York is a tough beat in the Bronx with a home record of 37-16. As the favorite, the Bronx Bombers are also a solid 44-31.

Colorado will have their hands full with the Yankees, and I'm not sure if they have the arms or firepower to cool down the Bombers.

Take New York to cover.

Rockies @ Yankees Moneyline

Think Colorado will take game two of the series with New York? Betting $45 could win profit of $100.

Like the Yankees to pick up a fifth straight win? Spending $250 would win $100 profit.

Rockies @ Yankees Over/Under

The over/under for this matchup is set at 11 points.

Final score prediction: New York Yankees 6, Colorado Rockies 4

Take the under in this game.

Where the game will be won or lost

The Yankees send Masahiro Tanaka to the mound on Saturday afternoon, and that's great news for the Bronx Bombers. The team has won six consecutive games that Tanaka has started.

Tanaka holds a 6-5 record this season with a 3.81 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 19 starts. In his last outing, the right-hander picked up the win allowing two earned on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts.

For Colorado, taking the mound is Antonio Senzatela. Senzatela picked up a win in his last outing despite getting shelled for eight earned runs on seven hits in five and one-third innings.

Senzatela has been shaky this season with a 5.79 ERA and an 8-6 record.

Stephen Rodriguez
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