YouWager MLB Game Preview: Yankees vs. Rockies

New York Yankees vs. Colorado Rockies

Tip-off: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 8:40 PM ET

Coors Field, Denver, Colorado

Starting Pitchers

  • New York: Kuroda (4-1, 2.25 ERA)
  • Colorado: De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18 ERA)

New York Yankees‘ manager Joe Girardi was happy with his recent homestand, however he believes the team’s upcoming travels will be more of a challenge. Online sports betting experts agree.

Tonight the Yanks opens their eight-game trip versus the Colorado Rockies, who will try to relive their ability to get timely hits.

New York (18-12) started a 10-game homestand with four victories before splitting the last six games, including a 5-4 defeat versus the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

While the first seven of those MLB games came versus struggling Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros the treks to Colorado, Kansas City and Cleveland pit them against rivals who have been a lot better in the first five weeks.

However, Colorado (18-13) has cooled since their 13-4 start, falling for the ninth time in 14 games with Sunday’s 8-3 defeat versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Their efforts came only from solo homers by Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Nolan Arenado.

The Rockies were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, just the third time they’ve gone hitless in such situations this baseball season but the second time in three games. Colorado has been one of baseball’s best teams with a .282 average with runners in scoring position.

Starting for the Yankees will be Hiroki Kuroda (4-1, 2.25 ERA) who has gotten used to allowing runners early, but has remained mostly unscathed. He’s 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in his last four outings, though the first inning in particular continues to be a high-wire act for the right-hander.

Hitters own a .500 on-base percentage against Kuroda in the first, when he’s allowed six of his nine runs this season. The right-hander needed 67 pitches to get through the first three frames versus the Astros last Tuesday, but finished with seven shutout innings and a season-high eight strikeouts in a 7-4 win.

Colorado will start with Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18), who is coming off his worst outing. The Mexico native gave up six runs, 11 hits and two walks over four innings in a 6-2 defeat versus the Los Angeles Dodgers last Tuesday.

The left-hander went six innings in each of his previous four starts, posting a 1.88 ERA.

YouWager experts consider Kuroda hasn’t done a great job versus the Rockies, posting a 1-5 record with a 5.52 ERA.