Over/ Under: 7.5 U -125
(pregame.com)- This is game 1 of a 4 game series between these American League foes. The NY Yanks had lost 6 games in a row until they took their a 3 game series vs Royals, outscoring them 23-5 in the three games. The Yanks are now 25-22 on the year and in 1st place in the AL East by a 1.5 games over Tampa Bay. The Oakland A’s have won 3 of their last 5 games, but still they come in with the 2nd worst record in baseball at 17-32 overall, which includes a dismal 6-16 mark at home.
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The Yankees rank 5th in scoring (4.62 rpg), 19th in hitting (.246) and 3rd in homers (60), while on the mound they are 15th in ERA (3.42) and 10th in WHIP (1.24). The Yanks are 27-9 in Sabathia’s last 36 starts vs. the American League West, but just 2-9 in their last 11 games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-7 in their last 8 road games.
Oakland ranks 17th in scoring (4.18 rpg), 13th in hitting (.255) and 15th in homers (42), while on the mound they are 14th in ERA (3.81) and 12th in WHIP (1.26). The A’s have gone 5-23 in their last 28 games vs. a left-handed starter, 10-25 in their last 35 home games and 5-14 in their last 19 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
Getting the ball for Yankees tonight will be CC Sabathia, who is just 2-6 with a 5.47 ERA in 9 starts this year, while on the road he is 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA. CC has gone 8-10 with a 4.66 ERA in 27 starts vs the A’s, while at O.Co Coliseum he has gone 4-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 14 starts.
(SportsNetwork.com) – Sabathia’s home woes continued on Saturday against Texas, as he was pounded for six runs and seven hits in just 2 1/3 innings, dropping him to 2-6 on the season to go along with a 5.47 ERA.
It was Sabathia’s shortest start since June 21, 2009, at Miami, when he left after 1 1/3 innings with left biceps tendinitis, and his shortest non-injury start since June 21, 2006, for the Indians at Wrigley Field.
Sabathia has lost all three of his home starts this season and has pitched to an 11.77 ERA in the Bronx, where he has lost his last six starts. However, he is 2-3 away from home with a 3.48 ERA.
In 27 starts against the A’s he is 8-10 with a 4.66 ERA.
New York heads into this seven-game road trip, which also includes a stop in Seattle, rolling after a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals that saw the Yankees outscore the defending American League champs by a 23-5 margin.
Oakland, meanwhile, followed up a season-best three-game winning streak by losing the final two legs of its three-game set with the Detroit Tigers, including a 3-2 setback in Wednesday’s rubber match.
Not only did the A’s lose for the sixth time in nine games overall, but it may have lost Scott Kazmir for the forseeable future, as the lefty exited with a shoulder injury after the third inning.
Heading to the hill for the A’s on Thursday will be righty Kendall Graveman, who was tremendous in a win over Tampa Bay on Saturday. Following a four-week stay at Triple-A, Graveman scattered three hits over six scoreless innings to improve to 2-2, while lowering his ERA to 6.04.
Graveman had won a rotation spot out of spring training by pitching to a 0.36 ERA, but was awful in four starts for the A’s before being sent to Nashville, where he was 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA.
Oakland took four of six from the Yankees last season.