One of the great things about baseball is the unpredictability that comes with a 162-season. Teams that should have no chance to win end up doing so regularly, while the great teams find themselves in slumps that cannot be explained. One of the most unpredictable divisions in MLB right now is the AL East, where the surprising Yankees are leading the way. They will travel to Oakland for a 4-game set, the first game of which will be played on Thursday night. Let’s review the MLB odds in this betting preview.
New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics MLB Betting PreviewTime: Thursday, 10:05 p.m. ET Venue: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California National TV: YES, WADO 1280, WFAN 660/101.9 FM Opening line: Yankees -108 Before the season began, the smart money was not being placed in the Yankees (24-22) to win the division, but they got off to a fast start that no-one really saw coming. Fast forward to the month of May and it finally looked as though we were getting the Yankees team that was expected. They went through a stretch where they lost 9 of 10 games, giving up the division lead to the Tampa Bay Rays in the process. The doomsayers were rubbing their hands with glee and getting ready to sit back and watch the Yankees slide, but they have responded with back to back wins against a very good Kansas City Royals team, scoring 19 runs and giving up only 2 in the process. CC Sabathia (2-6, 5.47 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Thursday. The big man looked to have righted the ship with a pair of back to back wins, but he was shelled for 6 runs in just 2.1 innings in his last start. The Oakland A’s (17-31) are currently sporting the worst record in the American League, and much of the blame for that has to be laid at the feet of the pitching staff. The A’s have given up 207 runs to this point in the season, which is all the more disappointing when you consider that they have been able to put some runs of their own on the board on a pretty consistent basis. They are living proof that if you do not have great pitching in this league, it doesn’t really matter how many runs you put up. If you don’t believe that to be the truth, just look at the Toronto Blue Jays for further evidence to that fact. Kendall Graveman (2-2, 6.04 ERA) will be in the hill for the A’s on Thursday night. Graveman had his best start of the season in his last outing, throwing 6 innings of no run ball versus the Rays.
Key Online Betting TrendsNew York Yankees
- The total has gone OVER in 15 of Oakland’s last 19 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland’s last 7 games