Heading into the start of the new MLB season, the biggest questions being asked was which team would be able to challenge the Cleveland Indians for conference supremacy this year. After all, it was the Indians who came within a game of winning the World Series last season, and with their core group of players still intact, the feeling was that they would be the team to beat again this time around. We are at about the one quarter stage of the season, and a few teams, some of whom are a bit of a surprise, have thrown their hat in the AL ring.
One of those teams is the New York Yankees, as they have made a very good start to the season, and are currently sitting atop the AL East. They head into the weekend with a home series versus the Oakland A’s on tap, which is one that you would think that they should be able to win. Let’s start our weekend previews by taking a look at the Friday night match-up between these two.
Here’s A Closer Look At The 2017 MLB Winning Predictions Athletics At Yankees
When: Friday, May 26 at 7:05 PM EST
Where: Yankee Stadium, NYC
Starting Pitchers: Kendall Graveman Vs CC Sabathia
TV: NBCSCA, WPIX
Radio: 95.7 FM The Game, WFAN 660 / 101.9 FM, WADO 1280
Live Stream: MLB.TV
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Oakland A’s
The Oakland A’s (21-25) have finally hauled themselves off the bottom of the AL West, but if truth be told, it is more to do with the current collapse of the Seattle Mariners as opposed to anything that Oakland are doing. The A’s are a bit of a tough team to figure out, simply because they seem to be a totally different team on the road than they are at home. They are currently 5 games above .500 in their own ball park, but are just 6-15 on the road. That has to be a little troubling when you consider that the Yankees have one of the best home records in baseball right now. Kendall Graveman (2-2, 3.83 ERA) will start for the A’s.
Why bet on the New York Yankees
The New York Yankees (27-17) have made a blistering start to the season, although they have cooled of a little of late, going just 5-5 in their last 10 games. Despite being just .500 in their recent stretch of games, they have been able to open up a 2.5-game lead at the top of the AL East, simply because the chasing pack are all floundering. There is no real secret to the Yankees success this season, as looking at both their offensive and defensive stats make it clear why they are doing so well. Aaron Judge continues to impress in his rookie season, hitting 15 HR and batting .328. CC Sabathia (4-2, 4.62 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Oakland A’s can’t seem to buy a win on the road, while the Yankees are incredibly tough to beat. That adds up to a comfortable win for New York.