Free MLB Picks: Athletics vs. Yankees

Jeff Grant

Friday, May 3, 2013 1:28 PM GMT

Friday, May. 3, 2013 1:28 PM GMT

The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics have gone OVER the total in six of their last seven meetings in the Big Apple, as they prepare to face off for the first time during the 2013 MLB season.

Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League matchup at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Flattened out 

Oakland has dropped six of its last 10 games, including a 5-4 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels as -113 home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the total for the ninth time in 10 contests. 

The Athletics are 18-17 after an off day the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 18-16-1 in that situation. 

Exceeding expectations 

New York is 6-1 to start its 10-game homestand, as it comes off a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros as -185 favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the total for the fifth time in six opportunities.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the Yankees are 30-28 in May, with the UNDER going 30-25-3 in those 68 affairs. 

Griffin 

Athletics starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (2-2, 4.65 ERA) has lost back-to-back starts, including a 7-3 home defeat to the Baltimore Orioles last time out, as he allowed four runs and five hits over seven frames. 

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two road outings, with opposing hitters batting .260 against him, while issuing two walks and striking out just five batters in 12 innings.  

In two career starts versus the Yankees, Griffin has compiled a 1-0 record and 5.23 ERA. 

Sabathia 

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (4-2, 3.35 ERA) has led the club to four wins in his six tarts, including a 5-4 home victory over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, surrendering four runs (three earned) and nine hits over eight innings. 

The left-hander is 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA in four home efforts, with opposing batters hitting .272 against him, while serving up three round trippers in 29 frames. 

In 25 lifetime starts versus the Athletics, Sabathia has tallied an even 8-8 record and 4.56 ERA, but has gone 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last 11 outings in this series.

[gameodds]3/225981/43/us[/gameodds]

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks Friday, as the OVER is 10-4 in Sabathia’s last 14 starts as a home favorite of -110 to -150, while the Athletics have climbed above the number in 24 of 29 games this season.

MLB Pick:  Over 7.5 at Bet365

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