Oakland has won four games in a row, including a 5-2 victory over New York as -118 road favorites Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in five contests.
The Athletics have compiled a remarkable 14-6 record against left-handed starters, which is a bit surprising due to their .242 batting average versus southpaws overall.
MLB handicappers will find that the club has won six of nine games as a road favorite of -125 to -150 during the 2014 campaign.
New York has scored just 10 runs in dropping four of its last five contests, as the offense has managed just eight extra-base hits over that span.
The Yankees are still capable of hitting the ball out of the yard, especially with the return of first baseman Mark Teixeira after missing two games with a wrist injury, as he hit his team-leading 10th home run last night.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 20-13 after suffering three or more consecutive losses.
Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Chavez (4-3, 2.78 ERA) has dropped back-to-back efforts, including a 5-4 setback at home to the Detroit Tigers last time out—surrendering three runs and eight hits over six frames.
The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in six road efforts, as he’s issued seven walks and struck out 41 batters in 36.1 combined innings.
Chavez has tossed 7.2 scoreless innings of relief in two career relief appearances against the Bronx Bombers.
Yankees starting pitcher Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.48 ERA) was handed a 6-1 home defeat by the Minnesota Twins last Friday, as he gave up four runs and seven hits over 6.2 frames.
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in six home outings (five starts)—serving up nine home runs in 28.1 combined innings.
Nuno will be facing the Athletics for the first time in his career.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks, as the UNDER is 9-1 in the Yankees’ 10 games this season with a number of 9 to 9.5.
MLB Pick: Under 9