Yankees vs. Athletics - 4/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (6-7) at New York Yankees (5-6)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
E Surkamp (0-1) (4.00) vs. M Pineda (1-1) (6.55)
The Line: New York Yankees / Oakland Athletics --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCA, YES
The Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees begin a three-game series Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
The Oakland Athletics look for their third straight win that would put them at a .500 record. The Athletics continue to have issues on the offensive end, as they’ve scored three or less runs in eight of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics pitching staff has an ERA of just 2.90, but a lack of scoring continues to put more pressure on the solid unit. Offensively, Danny Valencia leads Oakland with 12 hits, Josh Reddick has nine RBI and Stephen Vogt has two home runs. Eric Surkamp gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. This will be Surkamp’s first career game against the Yankees.
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The New York Yankees also look for a feel good win after losing four of their last five games. The Yankees also struggle offensively, producing three or less runs in five of their last six games. The New York Yankees have lost 10 of their last 12 regular season games when scoring three or less runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 14 hits, Carlos Beltran has seven RBI and Mark Teixeira has three home runs. Michael Pineda takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Pineda is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 road games and 1-8 in their last 9 games following an off day. The Yankees are 5-11 in their last 16 games on grass and 11-2 in Pinedas last 13 starts with 5 days of rest. The Athletics are 10-21 in the last 31 meetings in New York and 12-5 in the last 17 meetings overall.
Two struggling teams that could use a victory, but you have to feel a little more confident in the Yankees right now than the A's. New York at least has the overall talent to break out of its slump, while the A's pretty much what they are. Also, Pineda is a pretty solid pitcher, especially at home.
Look for the Yankees to strike first blood.