Athletics vs. Yankees - 5/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New York Yankees (18-22) at Oakland Athletics (19-23)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)
C Sabathia (2-2) (3.81) vs. S Gray (3-4) (5.84)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -145 / New York Yankees +135 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics play game two of their series Friday night.
The New York Yankees look for another win after winning 10 of their last 16 games. The Yankees have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 14 games. The New York Yankees offense has been hit or miss this season but they have won eight straight games when scoring more than three runs. Starlin Castro leads New York with 41 hits, Carlos Beltran has 22 RBI and Brett Gardner has five home runs. CC Sabathia gets the ball, and he’s 2-2 with a 3.81 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. Sabathia is 9-11 with a 4.71 ERA and 146 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have scored 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics offense has struggled at times but they have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 47 hits, Khris Davis has 29 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Sonny Gray takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 5.84 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. Gray is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA and 17 strikeouts in his career against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 4-1 in Sabathias last 5 road starts. The Athletics are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series and 1-5 in Grays last 6 starts with 4 days of rest. The Yankees are 2-12 in the last 14 meetings in Oakland.
I don't trust Sabathia as far as I can throw him, as he's been washed up for a while now. The A's offense has been stepping up as of late and Gray is the better pitcher here. I'll side with Oakland at home.