Jesse Hahn (2-4, 3.69 ERA) and Nathan Eovaldi (4-1, 4.27 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (19-32) and the New York Yankees (25-24) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 6-2 and Oakland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 30 and can be seen on YES, CSN-CA and MLB Network.
Hahn pitched 9.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 4-0 win over the Tigers. Stephen Vogt (.324, 24 Rs, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and two RBIs. Eovaldi is 0-1 with a 5.54 ERA against the Athletics in his career. He takes on a good Oakland offense that's batting .256. Alex Rodriguez (.277, 28 Rs, 11 HRs, 27 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oakland is a -120 favorite against New York and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -1,947 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 11-20. The Athletics have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.2 runs per game. Oakland's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 3.0 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.3.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 11-12 record and an overall money line of -63. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-4 record when playing as the underdog. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking second in the league with 62 home runs. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Yankees allow 4.3 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.6 runs per game during that span.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 2-0. The Athletics have a 16-22 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Eovaldi takes the mound. Hahn (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have an 18-17 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
Oakland has won 30% (8-19) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, New York has won 39% (9-14) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 7-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Yankees, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Yankees have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 16-8. The Yankees have a 17-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking seventh in runs, Oakland has earned 216 this season. New York ranks second with 223 runs.
Both Oakland and New York are tied at seventh in walks with a total of 161 this season.
The Athletics are 13-15 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Yankees are 21-14 when they hit at least one homer.