Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/13/14
New York Yankees (33-31) at Oakland Athletics (40-26)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
David Phelps (R) (1-4) (5.175) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (6-2) (2.826)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -177 / New York Yankees +167 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: YES, CSN-CA
The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics take the field Friday night to begin a three-game series.
He Yankees just swept the Seattle Mariners and have won five of their last seven games. The difference during this stretch has been a Yankees pitching staff that has allowed three or less runs in six of their last seven games. The Yankees have a season ERA of 3.97. Offensively the Yankees have been inconsistent, but Mark Teixeira has gotten on base at least once in seven of his last 10 games and Jacoby Ellsbury has a 16-game hitting streak. David Phelps gets the start, and he’s 1-4 with a 4.88 ERA and has 46 strikeouts in 51.2 innings. This will be Phelps’ fourth career game against the Athletics.
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The Athletics have lost three of their last five games, but are still a healthy 14 games above a .500 record. In 10 games in the month of June, the Athletics have allowed three or less runs in seven games. The A’s ERA this season is 2.83, which is the best in the league. Offensively, the Athletics are also hitting the ball well, including Yoenis Cespedes, who has 15 hits in his last nine games. Sonny Gray gets the nod, and he’s 6-2 with a 2.83 ERA and has 72 strikeouts in 86 innings. This will be Gray’s first career game against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 0-4 in Phelps' last 4 starts and 0-5 in Phelps' last 5 road starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 games following an off day and 13-6 in Gray's last 19 starts. The Yankees are 0-7 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland.
I know Gray has been increible and the Yankees have been terrible in Oakland the last few years. But there's too much value with this line to pass up on the Yanks. I'll throw NY a bone or two with the line being what it is.