Ivan Nova has been a cash machine on the highway and Tommy Milone has been equally unbeatable at home, setting up a tough matchup in Oakland between the Athletics and New York Yankees. Find out where we are placing our MLB picks in tonight's matchup.
This East meets West battle continues Friday evening from
the Coliseum where the Yankees are once again favored on the MLB odds
board. Let's call it a consensus -130
price tag on New York, and the same 7.5 run total we were up against Thursday
is back for the second game, a slight lean to the OVER at some shops listed on
the SBRodds screen.
The clubs just fell short of that number in Game 1, a 4-3 Oakland victory that
snapped a 9-game home skid against the Yanks. The A's certainly had chances to tack another run or three on the board
early, but failed to do so though we can't bemoan that now and instead must
move on to finding a winner in tonight's battle.
Despite the loss, there were some good signs for the Yankees
who maintained a 9-game bulge atop the AL East heading into the weekend. It's the largest lead in any division, and New York remains on a
solid clip with nine dubyas in the last dozen games.
The Yankees also scored three times to extend their streak
of 3+ runs in their last 43 games. At
issue tonight is the fact three runs haven't been enough to win any of Nova's
last five starts with his ERA at an even 5.00 for July and New York emerging victorious just once in
his last four trips to the mound.
Ah, but the Yankees have been money behind the lanky
Dominican when he takes his turn away from the Bronx. Ten road assignments for Nova have ended in
victory for New York nine times, including a
6-3 win here in Oakland
on May 25 laying 145 at the baseball betting window. He did serve up a pair of long balls, but
they were harmless solo shots while New
York was busy plating five of its six runs via three
Meanwhile, the Athletics are 6-1 behind Milone at the
Coliseum where the former USC Trojan is sporting a 1.03 ERA in nearly 53 innings. The southpaw has served up just a single
homer in Oakland,
something that will be tested by the big guns for the Bronx Bombers against a
big-time fly ball pitcher.
One fly ball that did manage to escape the vast Coliseum
basically did Milone in against this Yankees lineup in his only 2012 home
defeat on May 27. He pitched well enough
to win in the 2-0 setback, but New
York's Hiroki Kuroda had an easy time of it against
the A's to deny the young lefty.
So we saw one streak end Thursday with Oakland's first win
at home over the Yankees since April 2010. Hindsight is 20-20, but it's obvious now I should have listened to my
own advice and followed the A's who are red hot this month with an 11-2 mark. The Athletics also managed to pull with 1.5
games of the Angels for second place in the AL West with the triumph.
We saw another streak continue with New York scoring at least three runs for the
43rd straight game. One of the biggest
criticisms of the Yanks recently has been their inability to hit with runners
in scoring position and a reliance on home runs to push runs across the
plate. It was a small, 1-game sample,
but New York
did manage to go 2-for-5 in the RISP column Thursday.
Now we have a pair of pitchers who have excelled in this
road-home situation all year, and the easiest wager would seem to be banking on
Nova and Milone to keep this game below the scoreboard hurdle. But I've never done things the easy way and
will instead go right back to adding the OVER 7.5 to my baseball picks for tonight.
Over 7.5 (-110)