N.Y. Yankees vs Oakland Athletics for Thursday, June 15th

Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery

Jay Pryce

Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:42 PM GMT

Thursday, Jun. 15, 2017 1:42 PM GMT

The American League’s second best team squares off against its worst when the Yankees and A’s clash Friday night in Oakland. New York swept the series in California last year. Don’t expect the brooms this time around.

New York Yankees (38-25)

The Yankees dropped their second game in a row Thursday after a 7-5 defeat at the Angels. Manager Joe Girardi’s men have lost three straight twice all season. Which Yankees team will show up in Oakland Friday night? New York swept a four-game series at the A’s in its last visit nearly a year ago. In a three-year stretch prior to that, the Pinstripers sustained a horrid 2-12 run.

Rookie Jordan Montgomery takes the pill for Girardi in the opener. The 6-foot-7 southpaw is quietly piecing together a solid season. Montgomery is 4-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 11 outings. His 1.4 WAR ranks in the top 25 of MLB among starters tossing more than 60 innings. Luis Severino is the only New York pitcher with a higher mark (1.9). The young southpaw owns a 92-mph fastball, mixing in a curve, change, and slider.

The Yankees lineup, which leads the bigs with 5.79 runs per contest, has done little to support Montgomery versus inferior teams. Against opponents with a negative average margin of victory headed into a matchup, New York is 1-4 SU scoring just 3.00 runs per game. Montgomery and the pen allow 4.17 in this situation. Oakland’s -1.18 differential is the third lowest in the majors.

 

Oakland Athletics (27-38)

Despite owning the worst record in the American League, the A’s play like contenders at Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The club is 18-13 at home, returning 16 percent profit to bettors at -101 average odds. As underdogs, it is 8-8 overall. The team is 9-25 on the road. Oakland has picked up a win in every home series this season minus a two-game visit by the Astros in early April. Don’t expect the Yankees to pull out the brooms for the second trip in a row.

Team ace Sonny Gray takes the mound for skipper Bob Melvin. Gray opened the season on the DL with a strained lat, yet is showing glimpses of his 2015 All-Star season since coming off the shelf in early May. The right-hander has worked a quality start in five of his last six outings, including striking out 10 in a 6-5 loss at Tampa last time out. Gray earned a no-decision in the effort. Overall, he is 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in eight starts.

Gray is 1-2 with a 4.44 ERA in four appearances versus the Yankees. Chris Carter and Brett Gardner are the only two on New York’s current roster with more than nine plate appearances. Combined, they are 7-for-24 with 7 RBIs.

 

N.Y. Yankees vs Oakland Athletics

The OVER is a perfect 5-0 when the A’s go off as home dogs with a game total greater than 8 runs. The average score is 11.8 with at least one team putting up 7 runs in every game. The OVER is also 10-2-2 in Gray’s career when tossing the first pitch as an underdog in Oakland with a total of 8 or more. This is a spot the Yankees have failed to back up Montgomery with many runs, but the lineup can explode at any time. Oakland will battle with New York and may pull out the win. It will have to outslug the Pinstripers to do so. OVER 8.5 is the MLB pick for this one.

 

Free MLB Picks: Over 8.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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