The Yankees won the opener with this series on Monday but these were shutout yesterday behind an elegant performance from Lance Lynn who went the distance while allowing just five hits. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for New York and it turns to Hiroki Kuroda to test and take the series. Kuroda has not been at his best this season as he has tossed just five quality outings in 10 starts but his best work has come on the road where he has allowed three earned runs or less in all starts on the highway.
He faced the Cardinals five time while with the Dodgers and he was great at Busch Stadium as he posted a 2.84 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in three starts, all being quality efforts. The Cardinals counter with Shelby Miller who includes a solid 3.18 ERA but has labored for the absolute most part.
Only four of his 10 outings have already been quality starts and his 1.39 WHIP is a big concern. In his last start, he allowed four runs in five innings from the Reds which snapped a five-game winning streak over his previous five games. He has been excellent in the home but look for the Yankees to bounce back making use of their offense because they are 10-3 inside their last 13 games after scoring two runs or less inside their previous game. Free Sports Picks Play (929) New York Yankees