Larry's MLB 3-in-1 Superstar Triple Play
- Larry Ness
- New York Yankees vs St. Louis Cardinals
- 08/05/2022 08:15 PM
- Bet Type
New York Yankees -150
- The third play of my STP is an 8* on the NY Yankees at 8:15 ET.
The Yankees opened the season having made the postseason in each of the last five years and in 23 of the past 27 seasons. The Cards have been a postseason regular this century, making the playoffs 15 times since 2000. Most know that the Yankees lead all of MLB by a wide margin, having won 27 World Series titles. However, I'm not sure all that many (outside of Cardinal fans) know that the Cards have won 11 World Series titles, second to the Yankees. The teams open a three-game series tonight in St Louis with the Yankees dominating the AL East with a 10 1/2-game lead while owning MLB's best record (70-36). The Cards were expected to challenge Milwaukee in the NL Central and/or make a strong run at one of the NL's three wild card spots and that's been the case so far. 57-48. St Louis is tied with Milwaukee for first in the NL Central plus is in a three-way tie (Phillies join the Cards and Brewers) for the NL's third wild card spot.
Tonight's starting pitchers will be New York's Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA) and St Louis' Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.10 ERA). Cortes entered this season having made 64 appearances (16 starts) with a 7-5 record and 4.66 ERA, However, he has been consistent all season (made the All Star team and pitched a scoreless inning), as the Yankees are 14-5 in his starts, while he owns a 1.01 WHIP and .214 BAA to go along with his 2.53 ERA. Hudson went 16-7 back in 2019 but needed Tommy John surgery toward the end of 2020 and opened this season having made only 10 appearances (nine starts) in 2020 and 2021 combined. He has 19 starts in 2022 but after the Cards went 6-4 in his first 10, they are just 2-7 over his last nine with Hudson posting a 5.29 ERA.
Better team and better pitcher has me on the Yankees in this one.