Thursday major league baseball and I will have a Free Pick in the game between the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees, which will be played in the Bronx. First pitch is scheduled for a 1:05 PM (Eastern) start time and the game will be televised locally.
New York -141
Over/ Under: 7.5 O -115
This is game 3 of a 3 game series between these American League foes.The A's took game 1 of this series, but last night it was the Yanks that got revenge with a 5-4 win. Oakland is now just 5-7 in their last 12 games and they are still in last place in the AL West. The Yanks have now won 4 of their last 6 games and they have increased their lead in the AL East to 2 games over the Toronto Blue Jays. Oakland is 21-22 on the road, while the Yanks are 24-16 at home for the year. The A's rank 8th in scoring (4.37 rpg), while on the mound they are 6th in ERA (3.42). New York ranks 2nd in scoring (4.61 rpg), while on the mound they are 21st in ERA (4.01).
Trend for this game include: The A's are 10-2 in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning record and 7-1 in their last 8 road games overall, but just 12-30 in their last 42 games as a road underdog. The Yankees are 9-2 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series and 20-8 in Tanaka's last 28 starts, but just 7-18 the last 25 in the series.
Getting the ball for Oakland today will be Jesse Chavez, who is 4-8 with a 3.20 ERA in 18 games (14 starts) this year, while on the road he has gone 2-4 with a 3.78 ERA. Jesse is 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in 5 appearances (3 starts) in his career vs the Yankees.
Toeing the rubber for the New York today will be Masahiro Tanaka, who has gone 4-3 with a 3.94 ERA in 10 starts this year, while at home he is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA. Tanka is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in 1 career start vs the A's.
Pick: Going with the Yankees here as I feel the have the Edge with Tanaka over Chavez. Tanaka has struggled at home this year, but the A's offense isn't clicking right now and I see him holding the down here. Jesse Chavez has struggled of late as he has a 6.53 ERA in hi slast 3 starts and I see the Yankee offense doing plenty of damage vs him in this game. The A's have owned this series of late, but that yanks are the much better team in this one, with the Better offense, starter and bullpen. Yanks take the rubber match.
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