7:00 PM ET, August 12, 2013
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
Los Angeles: Richards (3-4, 4.20 ERA)
New York: Kuroda (10-7, 2.45 ERA
The last time Hiroki Kuroda last pitched at home for the New York Yankees was in July and online sports betting experts consider things are different now.
The 38 year-old owns the best home ERA in the AL heading into tonight’s opener of a four-game set versus the Los Angeles Angels.
Kuroda (10-7, 2.45 ERA) hasn’t pitched in Yankee Stadium since throwing five innings in a 2-0 win versus the Minnesota Twins on July 12. The veteran is 6-2 with a 1.74 ERA in 10 starts in the Bronx.
The Yankees (59-57) were within 1 1/2 games of the second AL wild card at that point, however that deficit is now seven.
Alex Rodriguez is also back to try and impress his remaining YouWager fans, going 5 for 19 in five games and hitting his first home run since coming back in a 5-4 wins versus the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Kuroda comes into this MLB game with a home scoreless innings streak of 13 2/3 and has gone 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in his last four outings — all on the road. The right-hander yielded three runs over seven innings of a 3-2 loss against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.
The Japan native has been plagued by one of the worst run support averages in baseball at 3.38. He is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in five career starts versus the Angels (53-63), with Mike Trout going 2 for 4 against him.
Trout is a career .391 hitter in 11 games versus the Bronx Bombers, going 7 for 14 with four doubles and four stolen bases as Los Angeles lost two of three last season at Yankee Stadium. The 2x All Star outfielder was 5 for 10 with five walks as Los Angeles took two of three at home from the Yankees from June 14-16.
The Angels will try to recover from Sunday’s 6-5 defeat versus the Cleveland Indians in which they blew a five-run lead in the sixth inning. Los Angeles missed an opportunity to sweep a three-game set and have dropped 11 of 16.
Starting for L.A. will be Garrett Richards (3-4, 4.20) who is making his fourth straight start since replacing 13-game loser Joe Blanton in the rotation July 27. the 25 year-old has gone 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA in the three outings, faring better than he did in a four-start stint in April in which he was 1-2 with a 5.52 ERA.