New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
The New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics meet for game two of their series in the Bronx. The Yankees are -255 favorites over the Athletics with an over/under run total set 8.
The battle in the American League East is going to come right down to the wire and if the Yankees come up short it will be games like they lost on Tuesday that will sting the most. On Tuesday Nick Swisher hit a three run home run, Jorge Posada hit a solo home run, and Derek Jeter had three hits the Yankees scored five runs off of 10 hits. On the mound starter Bartolo Colon allowed eight hits and five earned runs while striking out five over 6.1 innings of work to take his eighth loss of the year. For Wednesday’s rematch New York starts C.C. Sabathia who has easily been the Yankees best pitcher this season. For the year Sabathia has allowed 182 hits and 65 earned runs while striking out 184 in 197.2 innings of work.
The Oakland Athletics haven’t quit yet and though there won’t be any division championship for them, winning games and series like this one are huge to their morale for next season. On Tuesday Brandon Allen and Eric Sogard both homered and David DeJesus and Kurt Suzuki each had two hits as the Athletics scored six runs on 11 hits. Brandon McCarthy bailed himself out of trouble a few times as he allowed eight hits and three earned runs while striking out six over 7.2 innings of work to get his seventh win of the year while Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth inning to earn his 17th save of the year. For Wednesday’s game Oakland starts Trevor Cahill who has lost seven of his last eight decisions. For the season Cahill has allowed 165 hits and 77 earned runs while striking out 120 in 166 innings of work.
New York is 6-1 in their last seven games against a right handed starter, 19-8 in their last 27 against the American League West, and 20-1 in Sabathia’s last 21 starts against the American League West. Oakland is 7-3 in their last 10 game two of a series, 1-4 in their last five games as a road underdog, and 2-8 in Cahill’s last 10 starts. Oakland is 3-14 in their last 17 games in New York.
This game should be a starching as Cahill just doesn’t look like the same pitcher anymore and the Yankees seem to really get the bats going when Sabathia pitches. Take the Yankees minus the 255.
New York Yankees -255 Oakland Athletics