New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
Dates: Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, June 18, 2017
Location: Oakland Coliseum
Having won five straight and outscoring their opposition 55-9 in those contests, it came as quite a surprise to see the Yankees offense sputter in putting a grand total of 12 runs on the board in Anaheim. Having scored five or more runs in four of their last six visits to the Coliseum, look for Joe Girardi’s offense to get back on track.
Thank goodness the bay area was just granted a NBA championship because the baseball team is doing absolutely nothing to pique the interest of the community. Bob Melvin’s squad is nothing short of a laughing stock that doesn’t look to be getting better anytime soon. That said, it’s been competitive at home ( 18-13, $500 ).
Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Thursday, June 15, 2017, 10:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Jordan Montgomery vs. Sonny Gray
Montgomery has been feeling it tossing quality efforts in three of his last four turns. The Yankees have posted wins in each of his last two starts, and gave him an average of 7.5 runs to work with in both outings. The lefty has allowed just 25 hits and 10 ER in his 28 innings pitched on the road, and faces an Oakland team that’s averaged 4.4 runs and split its 16 games played against lefties.
Gray will be a popular target come the trade deadline. He’s bolstered his overall resume by tossing successive quality starts against the Nationals and Rays. He didn’t allow a long ball in either start and is allowing less than one per nine innings to date. That should come in handy against a Yankees team that’s launched the most home runs in the league ( 104 ).
Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Friday, June 16, 2017, 9:35 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Luis Severino vs. Sean Manaea
Severino’s second cup of coffee in the bigs has him here to stay. The youngster will toe the bump for the 13th time sporting a team-best 2.75 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Each of his last four outings have been of quality, and he racked up at least seven strikeouts in each. He’s undefeated on the road at 2-0 and only been hit to the tune of a .221 BAA. NY has split his six road starts with the total split down the middle.
Manaea has the tools to become a dominant starter at this level. His 9.7 K/9 and 0.7 HR/9 averages are elite, but he’s had issues with wildness that’s only seen him produce a 45.5 quality start percentage. Until he greatly reduces his 3.5 BB/9 average, the power lefty will continue producing average results for baseball bettors.
Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Saturday, June 17, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
Masahiro Tanaka vs. Jesse Hahn
Tanaka has been all over the board this season. One game he goes out and throws 7.1 innings of 1 ER ball with 13 strikeouts, and then the next he gets hooked after three innings and allows 3 HR. NY just won his last start in Anaheim where he tossed 6.2 innings of 1 ER ball to move him to 2-3 with a 6.23 ERA in his seven road starts. Lifetime against Oakland he’s 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA and .170 BAA.
Surprisingly, Hahn has been worse at home ( 4.58 ERA ) than he’s been on the road ( 3.14 ERA ). He’ll make his 11th start of the year the owner of a 2-4 record and 3.56 ERA. His 2.88 FIP shows him as being a bit unlucky, but he’s gone winless against the Yankees through two career starts and pitched to a 5.40 ERA and .277 BAA. Oakland’s won three of his four home starts.
Game 4 Probable Pitchers - Sunday, June 18, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )
CC Sabathia vs. Jharel Cotton
Sabathia is scheduled to make this start, but the lefty looks like he might be skipped and placed on the DL after suffering a grade 2 left hamstring strain in LA his previous start. No announcement has been made as to who would fill in should he be unable to go.
The Cotton experiment has failed to deliver this season with the diminutive righty getting waxed to the tune of a 5.52 ERA and .261 BAA through his 60.1 innings over 11 starts. None of his four starts have been of quality since getting recalled at the end of May, and he’ll toe the bump in the finale looking to improve upon his wretched 7.76 ERA and 1.65 WHIP through five home starts. He has 5.2 innings of 3 ER ball under his belt against the Yankees this season, but the outlook doesn’t look rosy the second time around.