New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (6-7) at New York Yankees (5-6)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Yankee Stadium)
K Graveman (0-1) (2.38) vs. N Eovaldi (0-1) (6.94)
The Line: New York Yankees -160 / Oakland Athletics +150 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSCA, YES
In Wednesday evening MLB action, the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees will tangle once again at Yankee Stadium.
This will be game two of the mid-week series. In Tuesday’s game one, runs were at a premium. We had a bit of a barn-burner as Oakland took out New York by a score of 3-2 in 11 innings.
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On the mound, the A’s will be trotting out right-hander Kendall Graveman for Wednesday’s game. Graveman has a 2.38 ERA with a 0.88 WHIP in 2016 across two starts and 11.1 innings. Overall, Graveman has pitched well but has seen a little tough luck and is still awaiting his first victory of the season.
The Athletics batters have been a bit inconsistent this season, but it’s been an overall even effort across the lineup. Danny Valencia has amassed 14 hits with five runs so far, while Stephen Vogt has 11 hits and five runs. Vogt came up empty (0-for-5) on Monday. Josh Reddick has posted 10 hits with nine RBI, but went 0-for-4 in the opener.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they’ll be bringing out right-hander Nathan Eovaldi for Wednesday’s game. Eovaldi has been shaky in his two starts so far, with a 6.94 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP across 11.2 innings. In his most recent appearance back on Thursday, Eovaldi gave up a pair of homers to the Blue Jays in a loss.
Pretty much everyone’s familiar with the veteran Yankees lineup. Carlos Beltran has 15 hits with seven runs and eight RBI, while Starlin Castro has been a great pickup with 15 hits and nine RBI. Mark Teixeira has had his ups and downs in 2016, but has turned in three homers with eight RBI. Teixeira went 0-for-3 on Monday, bringing his BA down to a paltry .200.
The A’s have their work cut out for them, as they’re just 1-4 in Graveman’s last five starts during game two of a series. Oakland is also 1-9 in Graveman’s last 10 starts overall. As for New York, they’re 12-4 in Eovaldi’s last 16 starts overall, and 6-1 in Eovaldi’s last seven starts against the American League West.
I’m not thrilled with either pitcher here, as Eovaldi has made some glaring mistakes and Graveman has been over-performing. A Yankees win and the over are probably the safest plays, but neither looks like anything remotely close to a lock.