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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:35pm EDT
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When and where: September 18, 2019, Yankee Stadium, New York, NY, 6:35 PM ET

After getting knocked off by the Tampa Bay Rays, it’s out of the frying pan and into the fryer for the Los Angeles Angels in their road trip to Yankee Stadium for a three-game meeting with the New York Yankees. Although the Angels are coming off a loss, they were able to steal the series finale over the Rays on Sunday and put an end to a six-game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Yankees were upset on the road by the Toronto Blue Jays. CC Sabathia is pegged to start at pitcher on Wednesday for the Yankees against Los Angeles’ Dillon Peters.

Eppler lands in second on MLB’s hot seat rankings

There is little doubt that time is running out for Angels’ general manager Billy Eppler.

CBS Sports’ R.J. Anderson compiled a list on Tuesday, ranking every MLB team and the likelihood of their general manager getting fired, and Eppler was ranked second on the list behind Pittsburgh Pirates’ Neal Huntington. It’s a hard list to argue with considering the Angels have the best player in the world (Mike Trout), and they haven’t appeared in one postseason game in the last five years.

Make it six years after they miss the playoffs this season. They currently sit in fourth place in the NL West division with a 68-82 record. Considering the murderer’s row slate of opponents at the end of their schedule, the Angels could potentially finish with their worst record since the 1999 Anaheim Angels.

Peters hopes to help the team steal a game on the road when he toes the rubber against the Yankees on Wednesday. The 27-year-old lefty is coming off a loss to the Cleveland Indians after walking three batters and giving up four earned runs in three innings. He is throwing a 4.38 ERA with a 3-3 record in only 59.2 innings of work.

Yankees putting home field advantage in jeopardy

Some might be quick to give the Yankees a pass for losing a series to the Blue Jays over the weekend. Why should winning and losing matter when they’re light years ahead of the rest of the AL East division with a 98-53 record?

The Yankees are still locked in a neck-and-neck race with the Houston Astros for home field advantage in the playoffs. It’s a big deal considering both teams have two of the top-three home records in the league. Any little edge counts on the road to the World Series, and the Yankees can’t leave any stone unturned in their quest to capture another championship.

“Losing sucks every time,’’ Aaron Boone said on Sunday, per the New York Post. “But in a long season, it’s blinders on and let’s go. You have to flush these things, good and bad, every single day and it is something we have done great all year.’’

They certainly flushed it down by shutting out the Angels in Tuesday’s series opener.

Sabathia plans on doing some more flushing when he steps on the mound on Wednesday. The 39-year-old veteran left-handed pitcher is throwing a 4.95 ER Awith 101 strikeouts and a 5-8 record on the season. He gave up two runs in three-plus innings in his most recent outing against the Detroit Tigers. His last win dates all the way back to June 24 against the Blue Jays.

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The Blue Jays might have spoiled the upset chances for the Angels in this series. In Tuesday night’s series opener, the Yankees looked like a team on a mission in shutting down everything at the plate. Luis Severino returned and looked every bit as dominant on the mound as he was when he left, and the Yankees’ bullpen followed his lead in completely blanking the Angels in an 8-0 victory.

Prediction: New York Yankees (-1 ½ -155)

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Sabathia pitching well at home doesn’t mean he’ll be as dominant as Severino was on Tuesday night. The Angels actually lit him up for four earned runs in five innings when he last faced them. If the Blue Jays can put up runs against the Yankees’ rotation, the Angels can certainly do the same. Don’t bank on another shutout in this one. I like the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (-10.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.