Prediction, Preview, and Odds
#1963 Atlanta Braves vs.
#1964 New York Yankees
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:35pm EDT
Written by David Delano

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The New York Yankees will host the Atlanta Braves in the second game of their two-game series on Wednesday. Last season these interleague rivals split their four head-to-head games, with the home team winning every time.

Tuesday's game was not yet complete at the time of this prediction.

Anderson does for second career win over Yankees in two tries

Heading into New York, the Atlanta Braves have won three of their last four games after defeating the Chicago Cubs 13-4 on Sunday as a +130 money line underdog. The Braves had two huge innings in the victory, scoring six runs in the first and six runs in the sixth. Centerfield Guillermo Heredia had a huge day, hitting his first two home runs and driving in his first six runs of the season all in on Sunday. Atlanta was off on Monday.

Ian Anderson is scheduled to make his fourth start of the season for Atlanta; thus, he has posted a 4.70 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. Anderson has not factored in a decision, but the Braves have won his last two starts, and all three have been decided by just one run. Anderson went 3-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 1.08 ERA in six starts as a rookie last season. He faced the Yankees once on August 26, 2020, only allowed one hit and run on a solo homer over six innings of a 5-1 Braves win.

Atlanta is sixth in MLB, averaging 5.1 runs per game and second with 1.6 home runs hit per game. Ronald Acuna is off to an MVP caliber start batting .419 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs but is currently listed as day-to-day with a mild ab strain.

Kluber and Yankees both look to turn around recent struggles

The New York entered the season as the overwhelming favorite to capture the American League pennant but have gotten off to a slow start. After suffering their fifth straight loss on Sunday as a huge -240 favorite against Tampa Bat, the New York Yankees are 5-10 record, currently the worst record in the American League. According to Odds Shark, despite the losing record, the Yankees still have the second-best odds in baseball to win the World Series at +650 behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Yankees are 24th in MLB, scoring 3.7 runs per game and 26h batting .210. DJ LeMahieu leads the team with a .286 average, and Aaron Judge is batting .255 with a team-best four home runs while adding eight RBI. Giancarlo Stanton has two home runs and a team-best 12 RBI.

Corey Kluber is scheduled to start for the Yankees on Wednesday. He is 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA and 2.23 WHIP after facing Toronto twice and Tampa Bay once this year. Kluber only made one start last year for Texas and in 2019 went 2-3 with a 5.80 ERA for Cleveland. Kluber is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two career starts against Atlanta.

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The Yankees have the talent to be the best team in the American League, but they currently are not playing like it. Corey Kluber still has a long way to go to show that he can be an elite starter again after only making 11 starts since he finished third in the AL Cy Young voting back in 2018. On the other side, Ian Anderson gives the Braves a strong chance to take this game, as current Yankee batters are 0 for 14 lifetimes against him. The Atlanta Braves also have one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball and are a steal as an underdog.

Prediction: Atlanta Braves +107

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It's hard to take the under when the Braves are playing. Atlanta currently leads all of baseball with the over cashing in 67% of its games, with at least 11 runs or more scored in four of their last five games. The Yankees offense has been struggling, but even still, at least nine runs have been scored in four of their last five games.

Both of these offenses can put up a crooked number at any time. Give me over the total.

Prediction: Over 9
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