Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/14/14
New York Yankees (34-31) at Oakland Athletics (40-26)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Hiroki Kuroda (R) (4-4) (4.118) vs. Scott Kazmir (L) (7-2) (2.195)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -148 / New York Yankees +138 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, YES
The Oakland Athletics look to go on a hot streak beginning with the New York Yankees on Saturday.
The Yankees have shown signs of going on a hot streak which they need to climb past Baltimore and make a run at Toronto in the American League East. The bats haven't been racking up the runs lately but the pitching has been outstanding although both came up big in a 7-0 victory at Oakland on Friday. David Phelps was at his best with a two hitter over 6.2 scoreless innings. The bats cranked out 12 hits with six players driving in runs while five scored. Hiroki Kuroda looks for his third straight quality start when he faces the Athletics for second time in 2014. Over the last three outings Kuroda has gone 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA.
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Oakland is clearly the best team in the American League West but as we have seen they do go through periods where they seem ordinary. That being said the Athletics have to be on their guard with the division having several capable teams. The A's offense was silent in the series opener versus the Yankees and in the process Sonny Gray took the defeat with three runs plated over six frames with Jeff Francis charged with four more in only an inning. It could have been a hundred and it wouldn't have mattered with the offense posting a pair of hits and a trio of walks. Left hander Scott Kazmir takes the mound in game two of their series against the visiting Yankees. Kazmir is 7-2 on the season with a 2.20 ERA while the A's have gone 11-2 in his starts.
Kazmir hasn't always fared well against the Yankees and Kuroda is a proven veteran so the odds seem steep to borderline ridiculous. I'm still backing the A's but I won't lay the chalk...