Scott Kazmir (5-5, 2.56 ERA) is on the hill for the Oakland Athletics (39-47) as they square off against CC Sabathia (3-8, 5.59 ERA) and the New York Yankees (44-39) in the second of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The Athletics won the last game 4-3 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 8 and can be seen on CSN-CA and YES.
Sabathia is 8-11 with a 4.75 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, and goes up against a quality Oakland offense which is batting .259 this season. Brett Gardner (.296, 61 Rs, 9 HRs, 39 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. When pitching against the Yankees, Kazmir is 8-7 with a 3.28 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 110 strikeouts. Stephen Vogt (.293, 40 Rs, 13 HRs, 54 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
New York is a narrow -115 favorite at home against Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The Yankees have an overall money line of -146 and a record as the favorite of 26-18. New York is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Yankees have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.9 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game. The Yankees are one of the best in the MLB in terms of home runs with 107.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 13-17 record and an overall money line of -1,766. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 4-6 SU record over the same span. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is fifth in the AL. Oakland is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.3 per road game. The Athletics allow 3.8 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.8 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Athletics are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Athletics lead the season series, 4-1. The Yankees have an 11-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Kazmir takes the mound. Sabathia (LHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have inferior records against left-handed starting pitchers on the road and overall of 1-7 and 5-16, respectively.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Athletics won by a margin of one run. The Yankees are 11-12 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 7-21 record in close games.
When the Yankees play into extra innings, they have a 2-5 record. The Athletics are 1-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are heading in with a 19-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 30-12. The Yankees have a 29-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Both falling in the top five of the league based on total runs this season, New York ranks third with 382 runs and Oakland is fourth with 376.
Ranking eighth, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 263 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fifth with 276.
The Yankees are 36-22 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 25-21 when they hit at least one homer.