The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees will square off in the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, and both teams are expected to be rested, according to MLB.com.
The Dodgers have a four-game winning streak, and their home stand is still in good shape, with their record now tied for the best in baseball, according the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Yankees, meanwhile, are just 1-4 at home this season.
The Dodgers have an eight-game lead on the Yankees, according to the Associated Press.
The odds are also pointing to the Yankees winning, according ESPN.
The Associated Press has also posted the odds of the two teams playing a wild-Card game in the next six weeks.
“There’s a lot of money to be made in the West right now, especially after this win over the Padres, and if you don’t have the right combination of teams, you’re going to have some problems,” MLB.tv’s Jesse Sanchez told ESPN.
Losing a game in a wild card series could be a real blow to the Dodgers, who are already without star outfielder Yasiel Puig for the first six weeks of the season due to his broken thumb.
Puig is expected to miss six to eight weeks, and he hasn’t played since May 11 after suffering the injury in the ninth inning of a loss to the Cardinals.
In addition, the Dodgers have yet to win a game since the All-Star break.
With Puig out for the season, the team could use a new face in the outfield.
Yasiel Puigs father, Juan Carlos Pérez, recently announced he would not be playing for the Dodgers this season due to an injury.
According to the AP, Péez will be playing in Mexico for a team that is considered a contender for the Central League pennant, but the Dodgers are not planning on playing him.
Dodgers outfielder Corey Seager, meanwhile is also recovering from his broken finger, according to the LA Times.
Seager is expected back for the regular season on Aug. 26, but is expected not to be ready for the playoffs until 2019.
The Dodger organization has a lot to live up to for the 2019 season, as the team has yet to play a game this season and the season is still underway in Los Angeles.
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