MLB Picks: New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
The New York Yankees (37-26) and Oakland Athletics (38-27) will open up a three-game American League series Tuesday night at the O.co Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET
New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
New York has won six of its last seven games, including a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners as +136 road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Yankees are hoping that second baseman Robinson Cano can get going offensively, as he’s gone 4-for-33 at the plate in the last 10 games dating back to May 31. New York is 10-15 on the road when the total is 7 or less the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 11-10-4 in that situation.
Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.74 ERA) has won back-to-back home starts, including a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians last time out, as he allowed four runs and seven hits over nine frames. The left-hander is 1-2 with a 4.88 ERA in five road games, surrendering six home runs in 31.1 combined innings. In 26 career appearances versus the Athletics, Sabathia has compiled an 8-9 record and 4.50 ERA, including a 2-0 home loss on May 3.
Oakland returns home after going 4-3 on its recent seven-game road trip, which included a 4-2 defeat to the Chicago White Sox as -125 favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the total for the fifth time in six opportunities. The Athletics finally got an off day on Monday, as they compiled a 13-4 record over their most recent 17-game stretch. The pitching staff has posted an AL-best 2.63 ERA over its last 23 games, which is far different than its 4.35 ERA in the first 42. Oakland is 24-20 at home with a money line of -100 to -125 the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 25-17-2 in that situation.
Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (7-2, 3.14 ERA) has won four consecutive outings, including a 6-1 road victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, as he allowed one run and eight hits over seven frames. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA in five home appearances, issuing just a single walk and striking out 14 batters in 34 combined innings. In 16 lifetime starts against the Yankees, Colon has tallied a 4-7 record and 6.16 ERA, including a 4-2 road loss on May 4.
Sports bettors will likely back the Athletics due to their 8-0 mark in their last eight season openers.