Kendall Graveman (1-5, 5.84 ERA) and Ivan Nova (2-1, 3.70 ERA) start in the first of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (19-22) and the New York Yankees (17-22) at O.C. Coliseum. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 19 and can be seen on CSCA and YES.
Graveman pitched 5.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs, striking out one and walking three in a 6-0 defeat to the Rays. Danny Valencia (.357, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Nova went 5.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking one in a 2-1 win over the White Sox in his last outing. Carlos Beltran (.245, 19 Rs, 8 HRs, 19 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds for Oakland and New York are Yankees -120, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK
Oakland has won 44% (7-9) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 47% (9-10) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Athletics have an 8-13 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 15-3. The Yankees have a 12-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 25th, New York sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 146 this season. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 20th with 164.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 99 this season. New York ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 118.
The Athletics are 15-11 when they hit at least one home run. The Yankees perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 13-12 record.