A Matinee Affair in the Bronx
The Yankees will host the A's on Thursday at Yankee Stadium in New York with the first pitch slated for 1:05 PM ET. According to the overnight MLB betting odds the Yankees are a -160 money line home favorite and the posted total is 8.0.
Home Plate Umpire
The home plate umpire for this matinee affair will be Tom Hallon. He's seen just 7 of his last 26-games behind the plate go over the total. The Yankees have gone 6-1 in their last 7-games with Hallon behind the plate. Oakland hasn't fared quite as well with Hallon calling balls and strikes, as they've gone just 3-8 in their last 11-games in that exact situation.
The Starting Pitchers
The Yankees will go with their new ace Masahiro Tanaka. He's been money for the Bronx Bombers this season going 9-2 in his team starts with a stellar 2.06 ERA, a 0.95 WHIP, and a better than 7:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Tanaka has been especially tough during day games going 4-0 in those team starts with a brilliant 1.21 ERA and 0.81 WHIP.
The A's will counter with southpaw Drew Pomeranz. The Oakland lefty made his first 9 appearances this season as a reliever, and his most recent 5 outings have come as a starter. Pomeranz has gone 4-1 in those team starts with a very good 2.59 ERA. However, the longest he's gone in his 5-starts as been 5 1/3 innings. In his last 3-starts he's posted a loftier 4.40 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.
The A's have been the Kings of
The Oakland A's have been terrific on the road this season to say the least. Going into their Wednesday night game versus the Yankees they were a fabulous 19-10 in away games, including an incredible 18-2 if the total was between 7.0 to 8.5, and an even better 11-1 if the number was 8.0 or 8.5.
The Yankees have been
Prosperous in Day Games
The Yankees have been ravaged by injuries, and in particular to their starting pitching rotation. They currently have 3 of their top 5 starting pitchers on the disabled list. They're also without one of their key hitters in the middle of the batting order in Carlos Beltran. He's been sidelined by a bone spur in his right elbow. Mark Teixeira has just returned from a wrist injury, and was unable to get any swings in during his time off because it would've impeded the healing process. Despite all these issues, the Yankees have gone a very profitable 14-6 in day games this season.
MLB Betting System
Any money line favorite of -150 or more, that's hitting .265 or less as a team, and they have a starting pitcher with an ERA of 3.00 or less over his last 10-starts, versus an American League opponent with a starting pitcher that has an ERA of 4.20 or less, has gone 51-10 (83.6%) over the last 17 seasons. Take New York over Oakland for your picks.
Free MLB Pick: Yankees -160 over the A's