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Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees - 5/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

New York Yankees (16-22) at Oakland Athletics (19-22)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

I Nova (2-1) (3.70) vs. K Graveman (1-5) (5.84)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +100 / New York Yankees -110 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


The Oakland Athletics look to build on their impressive outing against the Texas Rangers last night as they welcome the New York York Yankees to town on Thursday.

The New York Yankees continue their road trip in Oakland on Thursday after a stop in Arizona to face off with the Diamondbacks yesterday and they will send Ivan Nova to the hill as he looks to improve on his fast start to the season. The Yanks have had a tough go of things as a team to start the year as they have certainly underachieved and they hope to use this road trip to get their game together and having Nova on the mound is certainly the right guy for the job. The Yankees are 16-22 heading into tonight’s game while Nova is 2-1 with a 3.70 ERA. The Athletics meanwhile are 19-22 to start the year, are playing some pretty good baseball of late, and send Kendall Graveman to the bump who has struggled to a 1-5 mark with a 5.84 ERA.

Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees - 5/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Athletics weren’t expected to be much of a threat in the AL West this season as the likes of Houston and Texas hogged most of the preseason hype, but at the moment the division is wide open and with some nice pieces in place the A’s shouldn’t be counted out. Oakland is led by Sonn Gray at the front end of their rotation and a handful of others who have the potential to be front line guys as well, including Graveman who was hyped as being an ace after getting sent over from the Toronto Blue Jays. The A’s bats are looking good right now and while I expect Graveman to get out the funk I think it could be tough for Oakland to get consistent hitting against Ivan Nova.

The Yankees are 3-7 in Nova’s last 10 starts, 27-13 in their last 40 Thursday games, and 1-5 in their last six against the AL West, while the A’s are 4-0 in their last four overall, 2-6 in their last eight against the AL East, and 7-19 in their last 26 Thursday games. New York has the edge on the mound based on this seasons stats and with the way that Graveman has been pitching I think he is on autofade at the moment. 

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