Yankees vs Reds Prediction - MLB Picks 5/19/23

Cincinnati Reds (19-24) vs New York Yankees (26-20)

Game Info: Friday, May 19, 2023 at 6:40 pm (Great American Ball Park)

Ben Lively (1-1) (1.69) vs Clarke Schmidt (1-4) (6.30)

Betting Odds: Cincinnati Reds +140 / New York Yankees -170 --- Over/Under: 10.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New York Yankees will play the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of their series on Friday night at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Yankees Preview

The New York Yankees are 26-20 this season and they have won five of their last seven games. New York is coming off of a series win against Toronto, where they won three of the four games played. The New York pitching staff has a 3.77 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, and a .233 opponent batting average this season. The Yankees offense has scored 209 runs with a .236 batting average and a .310 on base percentage. Aaron Judge is batting .279 with 12 home runs and 28 RBI’s for the Yankees. The projected starting pitcher for New York is Clarke Schmidt, who is 1-4 with a 6.30 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP over 40.0 innings pitched this year. 

Reds Preview

The Cincinnati Reds are 19-24 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Cincinnati is coming off of a series loss to the Rockies, where they lost two out of three games. The Cincinnati pitching staff has a 5.07 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, and a .276 opponent batting average. The Reds offense has scored 188 runs with a .248 batting average and a .325 on base percentage this year. Jake Fraley is batting .276 with five home runs and 29 RBI’s for the Reds. The projected starting pitcher for Cincinnati is Ben Lively, who is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP over 5.1 innings pitched this season.

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New York is 5-2 in their last 7 games and 3-13 in their last 16 Friday games. The over is 4-0 in New York’s last 4 game one’s of a series. Cincinnati is 2-7 in their last 9 Friday games and 14-29 in their last 43 games against the AL East. The over is 4-1 in Cincinnati’s last 5 Friday games. New York is 7-3 in these two teams last 10 head to head meetings.


New York has finally started to hit the ball consistently and they are coming off of a great series win against Toronto. Cincinnati has lost three of their last four games and they have a team ERA of over five this year. New York is starting Clarke Schmidt, who has allowed nine earned runs over his last 10.2 innings pitched. Cincinnati is starting Ben Lively, who has allowed one earned run over 5.1 innings of relief work this year. I like the Yankees to get the win here. 

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