The New York Yankees claimed a victory on Saturday in Major League Baseball. In what will be the second-last game before the Yankees join all teams for the All-Star break, New York defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-3. Gerrit Cole picked up the victory to improve to 9-2 on the season (box score).

Despite the win, longer-termed trends on the Yankees show that this is a team that is struggling. They could use the All-Star break a lot more than some other teams. Here’s a chart that looks at the team’s recent form.

New York Yankees betting tips: Recent Form Alert

  • Formerly: 34 – 23 on May 31st, 2023
  • Currently: 49 – 41 (overall)
  • Recent form: 15 – 18 since May 31st, 2023
  • Recent winning rate: .455

The Yankees are three games below .500 when you isolate their last 31 games. That they have played .455 baseball since May 31st is somewhat hidden by their overall record of 49-41. However, bettors thinking about the pinstripes need to be aware that this is a team that is trending toward missing the playoffs with 72 games remaining.

The Yankees, according to bet365, are 7th favorites to win the World Series at +1800. They simply cannot be backed at those odds at this point. While a 15-18 stretch cannot be called egregious, to back a team for a World Series title, bettors need to see a team coming into sharp form — not regressing.

New York Yankees betting tips: 7 to 5 to miss the playoffs

Conversely, the Yankees could be backed to MISS the playoffs altogether. Sportsbook bet365 prices the Yankees at +140 to miss the Major League Baseball playoffs (ie. 7 to 5).

The risk with that bet is that Aaron Judge is expected to return not long after the break. Furthermore, if the Yankees want the playoffs badly, then this franchise is not afraid to spend. This is a team that is more likely to return to form than stay on the colder side. However, they do play in a very tough division as well. Heading into the break, New York is a team that bettors should be standing pat on for the moment.

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