If you asked some of the New York Yankees in private, they would probably admit that not having the whole Derek Jeter "Farewell Tour" as a distraction was probably a very beneficial thing this season. Last year this team went through some bumpy periods, and Joe Girardi, perhaps the most underrated manager in baseball, helped keep this team in the wild-card race for quite some time despite losing, at one time or another, four starting pitchers. He's got one of them going on the mound on Thursday, although this particular southpaw does not look like he has regained his form. The Yankees will be in action against the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum, with baseball betting action beginning at 10:10 PM ET. Remember that at BetAnySports, you can wager on this game while is in progress with Live Betting Extra, and if you have not experienced it before, you will be in for some thrills and chills.
CC Sabathia had an embarrassing outing last time, giving up six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings as the Yankees were mugged by a 15-4 count by Texas. He has not been removed that early from a game for any reason other than injury since 2006. Sabathia possesses a 5.47 ERA, although admittedly that is due to him being blown up at home. Now his Yankees are in much better shape, rebounding from an extremely tough patch where they had lost ten out of 11 games to sweep the Kansas City Royals, who had the best record in the American League going into that three-game series.
Now they will face off against the worst team in the AL, as the A's come into this game with a mark of 17-32, and they have really stumbled and fumbled at home, with a lousy 6-16 record.
In the baseball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Yankees and Sabatier are favored on the road:
New York Yankees (Sabathia – L) -107
Oakland Athletics (Braverman – R) -103
Under 8 runs -130
Over 8 runs +110
The Yankees are gradually warming up to the idea of having Alex Rodriguez back in the lineup, after a very tension-filled off-season where it looked very much like they wanted to get rid of him. But A-Rod has been a key member of this offense, and has been very hot lately, batting.455 in his last six games. He also has eleven homers on the season, which projects to a total that would exceed 30. That would put him within Comeback of the Year territory, although the Yankees haven't demonstrated that they are necessarily in the mood to celebrate his milestones. And speaking of milestones, on Wednesday he passed Lou Gehrig to become the #1 RBI man in American League history, with a total of 1995. After having played only 44 games in 2013 and sitting out all of last season due to a drug suspension, Rodriguez has made quite a comeback indeed.
BetAnySports customers know that Oakland has not had very much success against left-handed starters, with only two victories in 12 attempts. So maybe Sabathia isn't in bad shape after all. But New York has faltered at the Coliseum, with just a 1-9 record in their last 10 games there. Oakland goes with a right-hander who has been choppy at best, and has just been recalled from the minors. Kendall Graverman was hit hard early, with just an 8.27 ERA in his first four starts, then was sent down to Nashville. But he offered hope for the Athletics as he struck out six Tampa Bay Rays in six innings on Saturday as the principal contributor to a 5-0 shutout win. However, like the rest of this Oakland crew, he's been hammered at home, giving up 14 runs in eight innings. Will that continue?
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