MLB Predictions 2012: New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics

The New York Yankees (57-37) and Oakland Athletics (50-44) will close out a three-game American League series on Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 ET

New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics 

New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia will look to snap the team’s three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon

New York has lost its edge with such a large lead in the AL East standings, suffering a 2-1 setback to Oakland on Saturday night, which served as the club’s third straight defeat.  The Yankees have scored a total of six runs in losing the first three games of this series, while the UNDER has cashed in six consecutive contests.  All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano will try to begin a new hitting streak, as his 23-game run was snapped in last night’s affair, but he’s 5 for 8 in his career against today’s opposing starter.  New York is 6-1 as a road favorite of -150 to -175, with the “over” going 4-3 in that situation.

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (10-3, 3.27 ERA) has led the club to wins in six of his last seven outings, including a 6-1 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, allowing just four hits in six shutout frames.  The left-hander is 5-1 with a 4.30 ERA in nine road outings, surrendering 72 hits in 60.2 combined innings.  In 23 career games versus the Athletics, Sabathia has tallied an even 8-8 record and 4.84 ERA, which includes a 4-5 mark and 5.13 ERA in 12 efforts at this venue.

Oakland is playing incredible baseball this month, leading the majors with a 13-2 record in July, with most of the credit falling on the shoulders of the pitching staff.  The Athletics possess the lowest ERA (3.40) in the AL, which has been on display in the first three games of this important series.  Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is the player to watch offensively, hitting .576 with four home runs and 10 RBIs over the course of his current nine-game hitting streak.  Oakland is 0-3 as a home underdog of +150 to +175, with the “under” going 2-1 in those contests.

Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (6-8, 3.88 ERA) suffered a 6-1 home setback to the Texas Rangers in his last outing, allowing four runs and eight his over seven innings.  The right-hander is 2-6 with a 4.55 ERA in 10 home outings, issuing just seven walks and striking out 34 batters in 59.1 frames.  In 14 career games (13 starts) versus the Athletics, Colon has tallied a 4-6 record and 6.30 ERA, including a 9-2 loss at this ballpark on May 26.

Sports bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 19-3 record in Sabathia’s last 22 starts as a road favorite of -151 to -200, while the Athletics are 5-13 in their last 18 games against left-handed starters.

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