In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, CC Sabathia (2-6, 5.47 ERA) and the New York Yankees (25-22) are in Oakland to take on Kendall Graveman (2-2, 6.04 ERA) and the Athletics (17-32). This is the first of a four-game series at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 28 and can be seen on YES and CSN-CA.
Graveman pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 5-0 win over the Rays. Stephen Vogt (.319, 23 Rs, 10 HRs, 33 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. When pitching against the Athletics, Sabathia is 8-10 with a 4.66 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 141 strikeouts. Alex Rodriguez (.276, 27 Rs, 11 HRs, 26 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Yankees, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
New York is a narrow -112 favorite over Oakland. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -1,902 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 7-12. The Athletics have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 2.8 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 3.1 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.3.
In games where it is the favorite, New York has a 14-11 record and an overall money line of +46. The Yankees can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with 60 home runs.
The Athletics have a bad 1-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Sabathia takes the mound. Graveman (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
When leading after 7 innings, New York is 9-13, while Oakland is 7-19.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Yankees who are coming in with an 11-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Yankees have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Yankees have won their last three games while the Athletics have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 14-8. The Yankees have a 17-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 11th in runs, Oakland has earned 205 this season. New York ranks second with 217 runs.
Both Oakland and New York are tied at seventh in walks with a total of 156 this season.
The Athletics are 11-15 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Yankees are 21-12 when they hit at least one homer.