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New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/5/14

Oakland Athletics (36-22) at New York Yankees (29-28)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)

Drew Pomeranz (L) (4-1) (2.589) vs. Masahiro Tanaka (R) (8-1) (2.059)

The Line: New York Yankees -165 / Oakland Athletics +155 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CA, YES

The Oakland Athletics will look to sweep the New York Yankees when they meet Thursday afternoon.

The Athletics continue to play great baseball, winning five straight games and improving to 15 games above a .500 record. Really nothing has changed for the A’s, a team that’s scored the most runs and has the best ERA in baseball. In this series, the Athletics have outscored the Yankees, 12-6. The Athletics have allowed three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. Offensively, Josh Donaldson has six homers in his last 10 games. Getting the nod is Drew Pomeranz, who is 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA and has 35 strikeouts in 38 innings. This will be Pomeranz’s first career game against the Yankees.

New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/5/14

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The Yankees have lost six of their last eight games and are getting absolutely creamed in these games. In those six losses, the Yankees have allowed five or more runs, which includes seven runs in Wednesday’s loss. While the Yankees offense hasn’t exactly been hitting the ball well, it’s impossible to win games with that type of pitching. Mark Teixeira does have three hits in this series and five RBI in his last 10 games. Getting the start will be Masahiro Tanaka, who is 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA and has 88 strikeouts in 78.2 innings. This will be Tanaka’s first career game against the Athletics. 

The Athletics are 4-1 in Pomeranz's last 5 starts and 14-6 in their last 20 road games vs. a right-handed starter. The Yankees are 7-1 in Tanaka's last 8 starts as a favorite and 4-0 in Tanaka's last 4 home starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in New York.

The Yanks are the only play with Tanaka on the mound, it's all a question of whether or not you want to pay the steep price. If not, just pass on this game.

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New York Yankees -165

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