Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.84 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (19-23) meet CC Sabathia (2-2, 3.81 ERA) and the New York Yankees (18-22) in the second of a four-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Yankees won the last game 4-1, and New York leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:35 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 20 and will air on CSCA and YES.
In his most recent outing, Gray pitched 5.2 innings, giving up six runs (three unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 7-6 victory over the Rays. Danny Valencia (.352, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Yankees were also victorious the last time Sabathia pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs, striking out six and walking two in a 7-0 victory over the Orioles. Carlos Beltran (.250, 20 Rs, 9 HRs, 22 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Yankees, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and three RBIs.
The odds are Athletics -135 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
The Athletics are 3-1 against the Yankees this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
When leading after seven innings, New York is 9-10, while Oakland is 7-9.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Athletics have a 1-3 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 15-3. The Yankees have a 13-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, New York sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 150 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 165.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 99 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 122.
When the Athletics hit at least one home run, they are 15-12, well-matched with the Yankees who are 14-12 when hitting one or more homers.