• New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves
• Wednesday, August 16 at 7PM ET
• Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia
It’s not often that the New York Yankees are underdogs leading up to a showdown, but that’s exactly how things are going to be for them during their series with the Atlanta Braves. Atlanta is looking like the best team in the bigs and New York has been quite inconsistent, which no one saw coming. With that said, the Yankees will hope to upset the Braves in their series finale on Wednesday night. How will this one go down?
It’s been an up-and-down season for the Bronx Bombers, but they’re still in the hunt to potentially grab an AL Wild Card spot. For that to happen, Aaron Boone’s men will need to catch fire. Unfortunately for them, meeting the Braves for a series in Atlanta is not going to be a walk in the park. The Braves are without question the top team in the bigs and they’re going to want to send a statement against New York.
|Yankees vs. Braves odds|
|Braves to win||-115||-115||-115||-115|
|Yankees to win||+125||+125||+125||+125|
|Over to hit||-110||-110||-110||-110|
|Under to hit||-110||-110||-110||-110|
In order for the AL East side to have a chance in this one, then both Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are going to need to live up to their massive contracts. Luckily for the Yankees, Stanton has been playing better over the last month, while Judge is back to full health following his toe injury. These two have incredible power with a bat in their hands, so the Atlanta hurlers will need to be careful when they’re up.
According to the best-rated sportsbooks, which includes the reliable Bovada review, the Braves hold -115 MLB betting odds going up against the Yankees, while New York has been set at +125. It’s going to take a little bit of luck for the Yankees to record a win, as Atlanta sure is a powerhouse. With that said, something tells us that the Yankees will be able to steal a game or two in this series. We’re going with the Yankees as our pick for the Wednesday matchup.
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The over should hit in the Yankees vs. Braves battle on Wednesday
When taking a close look at these two organizations, the over should hit in the Yankees vs. Braves battle on Wednesday. These are two of the best offensive clubs in the bigs, so we expect plenty of runs to be scored. With the Yankees, it indeed is fantastic news that both Stanton and Judge are playing at a high level. Judge being close to 100 percent is just what this team needs at this point in the summer.
The only issue for New York is that the rest of the lineup has been quite inconsistent. Gleyber Torres can’t stop letting people down. Sure, there have been times when the infielder has come through in the clutch for this team, but there have been far too many times when Torres hasn’t been able to come up with a strong showing for his squad. In order for the Yankees to have a chance throughout the series, Torres needs to step up.
The Mets on the other hand are known for putting up a lot of hits and runs on the scoreboard. That was showcased in a major way this past Saturday, with Atlanta taking down the Mets 21-3. That’s not a typo – in a single game, Atlanta was able to score 21 runs, which is out of this world. Ozzie Albies led the way with six RBI, while Matt Olson pitched in with four. The Yankees are going to have a tough time trying to keep that lineup in check.
Ozzie Albies quietly has 27 bombs💣 pic.twitter.com/cqXMZuLrSE
— Just Baseball (@JustBB_Media) August 12, 2023
Per the oddsmakers, the over/under has been set at 7.5 wins. Normally that might be a bit high, but don’t forget that this is Atlanta and New York that we’re talking about here. There’s so much home-run potential for both squads whenever they take the field. Because of this, we are fully confident that the over will hit for the finale. That’s our pick and we’re not going to think twice about it.
Will Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a home run vs. the Yankees?
A question a lot of fans have on their minds is will Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a home run vs. the Yankees? It wouldn’t be a surprise at all, as the slugger is having a terrific season and he remains the favorite to win NL MVP. What Acuña has managed to accomplish has been great, but he also has the chance to make MLB history later this campaign. People all over Georgia can’t wait to see his final numbers.
With that said, he’s only going to strengthen his MVP chances if he records a great game against the Yankees. Could a dinger be on the way? The MLB betting odds for Acuña to hit a homer vs. New York on Wednesday are placed at +450. It’s up in the air who the Yankees will start that night and that will have an impact on things. However, don’t be stunned to see that superstar outfielder do so.