Yankees vs. Athletics, 06/17/17 - Preview & Prediction

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#919 New York Yankees
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#920 Oakland A's

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New York Yankees (38-26 SU, O/U) v. Oakland Athletics (28-38 SU, O/U) at Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California

Saturday, June 17th, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. EST

Starting Pitchers: Masahiro Tanaka 5-6, 6.07 ERA, 1.44 WHIP (NYY) v. Hahn (R) 2-4, 3.56 ERA, 1.34 WHIP (OAK)

Money Line: New York Yankees -128 | Oakland Athletics +118

Over/Under: 9.0

The Yankees are headed out west for a matchup with the Athletics in Oakland. The A’s have had a tough season thus far. They’re 16.5 games behind in the AL West with a 28-38 record. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees sit atop the AL East standings. They’re 38-26 with a 2 game lead over the second-place Boston Red Sox. Will the Yankees maintain their lead in the AL East with a win on Saturday afternoon?

Yankees fall to the A’s in extra innings

The New York Yankees and the Oakland A’s were locked in a very exciting battle in game one of the series. The Yankees eventually succumbed to defeat after a walk-off single by Khris Davis in the 10th. The Yankees had a great day at the plate. They finished the loss with 16 hits. New York’s lineup has been one of the best in the major leagues. The Yankees have scored 372 runs this season, which is the most in Major League Baseball.

Masahiro Tanaka is going through a tough slump. He hasn’t won a game in over a month, and he has lost his last five decisions. Tanaka had a nice outing the last time he took the mound against the Angels in Anaheim. Tanaka allowed just 4 hits and 1 earned run in 6 and 2/3 innings. He had 8 strikeouts against the Angels, but he wasn’t able to secure the win. Tanaka will look to earn his sixth win of the season as he takes the mound on Saturday.

Oakland walks off with a win in game one

Khris Davis was the hero on Thursday night. He hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give the A’s their 28th win of the season. Oakland’s lineup was surprisingly good against the Yankees. The A’s had 14 hits in the victory, but they’ve struggled at the plate for much of the season. The Athletics are batting .241 this year, which is the fifth-worst batting average in the majors.

Jesse Hahn has had a pretty bumpy season thus far, but he has managed to maintain a sub-4.00 ERA in 10 starts. Hahn had a decent outing in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. The right-hander gave up 7 hits and 3 earned runs in five innings. Hahn also had 5 strikeouts and 2 walks against the Rays. He’ll look to pick up his third win of the season in Saturday’s matchup with the Yankees.

Trends

The New York Yankees are:

  • 7-1 in their last 8 Saturday games.
  • 9-3 in their last 12 during game 3 of a series.
  • 8-0 in Tanaka’s last 8 road starts vs. a team with a losing record.
  • 21-5 in Tanaka’s last 26 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
  • 4-1 in Tanaka’s last 5 starts during game 3 of a series.

The Oakland Athletics are:

  • 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
  • 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a right-handed starter.
  • 2-5 in Hahn’s last 7 starts with 5 days of rest.
  • 1-4 in Hahn’s last 5 starts.

Neither of these pitchers has looked spectacular in 2017, but Masahiro Tanaka has a much better supporting cast. Tanaka had a great game against the Athletics the last time these teams played each other. He had 13 strikeouts while allowing just 5 hits and 1 run in 7 and 1/3 innings of action. The Yankees lost that game, but Tanaka was dominant. I like the Yankees to win this one behind a strong outing from Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday.

Pick: New York Yankees -128

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Jake Domonkos

When he's not watching sports or making picks, Jake enjoys playing pick-up basketball, rec-league softball, ping pong, and drinking good beer. Jake closely follows all four major sports and uses the latest trends and up-to-date statistical analysis to make his picks.