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Athletics vs. Yankees - 5/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (19-22) at Oakland Athletics (19-24)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Masahiro Tanaka (1-0) (3.51) vs. Sean Manaea (1-1) (7.91)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +120 / New York Yankees -130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: YES/CSCA

The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics play game three of their series Saturday afternoon.

The New York Yankees look for another win after winning five of their last seven games. The Yankees have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The New York Yankees offense has been heating up, and they’ve won nine 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. Masahiro Tanaka gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.51 ERA and 46 strikeouts this season. Tanaka is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Yankees - 5/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Athletics have allowed 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.69 and have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Reddick leads Oakland with 47 hits, Khris Davis has 29 RBI and Marcus Semien has 10 home runs. Sean Manaea takes the hill, and he’s 1-1 with a 7.91 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. This will be Manaea’s first career game against the Yankees.

The Yankees are 2-7 in their last 9 during game 3 of a series and 5-2 in Tanakas last 7 starts. The Athletics are 2-6 in their last 8 during game 3 of a series and 1-7 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Yankees are 6-15 in the last 21 meetings. 

The Yankees are starting to find their groove and may be playing their best baseball of the young season. Having Tanaka on the mound gives New York the advantage here as well. I'll back New York to win another game. 

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New York Yankees -130

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