Sonny Gray (5-2, 1.77 ERA) and Chris Capuano (0-2, 7.36 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (18-32) and the New York Yankees (25-23) at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 5-4 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 29 and can be seen on YES and CSN-CA.
Gray pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs and striking out four in a 7-2 win over the Rays. Stephen Vogt (.317, 23 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Capuano is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA against the Athletics in his career. He takes on a good Oakland offense that's batting .255. Brett Gardner (.288, 31 Rs, 4 HRs, 20 RBIs, 12 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oakland is a -156 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 -2,047 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 10-20. The Athletics have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.7 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 2.7 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.3.
In games where it is the underdog, New York has a 11-11 record and an overall money line of +46. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-3 record, and a 4-6 record SU. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with 61 home runs. New York is excellent at drawing walks with 3.3 per game, ranking fourth in the AL.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Athletics have a bad 1-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Capuano takes the mound. Gray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have an 18-16 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
In their last game, the Yankees lost by a margin of one run. The Athletics are 3-15 in one-run games. The Yankees have a 7-8 record in close games.
Neither Oakland nor New York has won a game in extra innings. The Athletics are 0-6 in such matchups, and the Yankees are 0-3.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have an 8-12 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 15-8. The Yankees have a 17-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 10th in runs, Oakland has earned 210 this season. New York ranks second with 221 runs.
Oakland and New York both rank in the top 10 of the league in walks. Oakland sits at eighth with 158 this season and New York ranks seventh with 159.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 12-15. When the Yankees hit at least one homer, they have a 21-13 record.