Sonny Gray (9-3, 2.09 ERA) takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics (38-47) as they meet Nathan Eovaldi (8-2, 4.52 ERA) and the New York Yankees (44-38) in the first of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jul. 7 and will air on CSN-CA and YES.
Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 5.60 ERA against the Athletics in his career, and faces a strong Oakland offense that's hitting .260 on the year. Alex Rodriguez (.284, 45 Rs, 16 HRs, 47 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Yankees, Gray is 1-1 with a 3.21 ERA, 12 strikeouts and three walks. Josh Reddick (.288, 37 Rs, 11 HRs, 49 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 2 Sunday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. New York has averaged 2.9 runs per game over the last 10 games, lower than its season average of 4.6. The Yankees are a power hitting team with 107 home runs, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
The Athletics rank fourth in the AL in road scoring, averaging four runs per game. Oakland has an eye for the strike zone on the road, averaging an AL-best 3.3 walks per game. The last 10 games have really brought the best out of the Oakland pitchers. They've allowed 2.8 runs per game during that span, which is lower than their season average of 3.8.
In their previous four games this season, the Athletics have a 3-1 record. This game will feature Gray (RHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 33-28 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Eovaldi will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 33-31 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
In their last game, the Athletics lost by a margin of one run. The Yankees are 11-11 in one-run games. The Athletics have a 6-21 record in close games.
Oakland has won 41% (17-24) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 45% (19-23) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Yankees are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 21-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 5-31. The Yankees have an 8-29 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 18th when it comes to home runs, hitting 70 this season. New York ranks in the top five at third with 107.
Ranking sixth, New York is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.76 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.96.
Ranking 12th, Oakland is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.719). New York ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .748.
The Athletics are 11-31 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Yankees are 22-29 when they allow at least one homer.