CJ'S PLAYS - Saturday, July 1 (for BetDNA customers)
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New York Yankees at Houston Astros - 7:15 PM ET
The Yankees have at least garnered some wins after that devastating losing streak they suffered, although they haven't done in resounding fashion. This game features rookie vs. rookie, with Jordan Montgomery of the Yanks against hard-throwing righty Francis Martes of the Astros. Montgomery has shown some poise on the road, which is important (3.32 ERA), and Martes is probably going to continue showing problems with control, which he experienced in the minors. In 12-2/3 innings over his three starts he's walked nine batters. But he throws heat, the Yankees don't know him, and manager AJ Hinch will line up a lot of support in the bullpen, making this something of a "bullpen game." The Yankees are one of the few teams that can match Houston in a lot of offensive departments, but on the road they hit 1.18 homers a game, compared with 1.73 at home. While it is true that the Astros are just 11-10 against left-handed starters, going into Friday night's game (result not available at time of publication) they were hitting a robust .325, with a .935 OPS in their last seven contests, compared with .222 and .665, respectively, for the Yankees. And the Bronx Bombers ARE playing the best team in baseball.
CJ's Play: HOUSTON -130 (odds subject to change)
Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals - 7:15 PM ET
It looks as if the Nationals are going to coast to the National League East title, while the Cardinals, even as they were four games under .500 entering Friday's action, were only 3.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the vastly-underachieving NL Central. Gio Gonzalez sports one of the better earned run averages in the National League (2.87), although he's a mere mortal when in the visiting uniform (4.06 ERA, 1.333 WHIP). He was brilliant against the Cards on April 11, twirling seven innings of two-hit ball, but that was at Nationals Park. Still, Gonzalez has gotten plenty of run support, as he is 6-1 when traveling, and that is because the Nats, going into Friday's action, were averaging 5.7 runs on the road. Of course, warning signs should be in effect if they have to go to the 'pen (5.64 road ERA, bloated 1.56 WHIP), which is why he's had just two unders in eight starts as the visitor.
CJ's Play: OVER 9 (-120) (odds subject to change)
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