New York vs Oakland MLB Betting Preview
The way in which the AL East and the AL West are shaping up could not be any more different. The East is as wide open as it gets, with just 3.5 games separating the first place New York Yankees from last-placed Toronto. In the West, the Oakland A’s find themselves 13 games out of first place, with that number expanding on a seemingly daily basis. The Yankees and A’s are in the middle of a 4-game series, with the third game set for Saturday in Oakland, let’s see what fans can expect from this Saturday MLB betting affair.
New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics MLB Betting Preview
Time: May 30, 10:05 p.m. ET
Venue: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
National TV: MLBN, YES, WADO 1280, WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Opening line: TBA
The New York Yankees (25-23) were almost considered an afterthought when the pundits were predicting how the East would play out. To say that their climb to the top in the early part of the season was a surprise is indeed putting things mildly. They were getting performances from players of who little was expected, but the feeling was that it was only a matter of time before the real Yankees showed up. That happened earlier this month when the Yankees went on a 1-9 run that saw them overtaken on top of the division by the equally surprising Tampa Bay Rays. The Yanks do deserve some credit, though, as they bounced back with an impressive sweep of the Royals before losing the first game in this series to the A’s. Nathan Eovaldi (4-1, 4.27 ERA) will start for New York on Saturday. Eovaldi was excellent in his last start, giving up a single run in 8 innings pitched.
The Oakland Athletics (18-32) are full value for their last place standing, although they have been showing some signs of life of late. They have won 3 of their last 5, including the first game of this series which was played on Thursday. Fans of the A’s will take little comfort in that minor good streak, though, as the 16 games prior to that yielded only 2 wins. The A’s haven’t been that bad offensively, but they simply have not had the pitching to match. Their -4 run differential is far and away the best of any last place team in baseball, which is little comfort to the fans suffering through a rough season. Jesse Hahn (2-4, 3.69 ERA) will start for Oakland on Saturday. Hahn is coming off a full-game shutout where he was nothing short of spectacular.
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It looks as though the Yankee bats are starting to warm up again, which means Hahn will once again need to be at his very best. Not sure he can toss back to back gems, so I like the Yankees to win this one.