On Wednesday, the New York Yankees will host the Oakland Athletics in the second game of a three game series. This game features two teams that are heading in opposite directions for the final six weeks of the season. The Yankees come into the game as the leaders of the American League East. New York leads the Boston Red Sox by one game. Oakland comes into the game in third place in the American League West. The Athletics are 16 games behind the defending American League champion Texas Rangers. The two pitchers for this game are the staff aces for both teams. Trevor Cahill will make the start for the Oakland Athletics, while C.C. Sabathia will throw for the New York Yankees.
New York Yankees (-240)
The New York Yankees are once again one of the top hitting teams in all of Major League Baseball. New York ranks first in runs scored, with 675, and fifth in batting average, with a .268. The Yankees see a bunch of guys give great production, such as Mark Teixiera, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano. The Yankees are led by Robinson Cano’s .304 batting average, while Curtis Granderson has blasted 35 homeruns and drove in 98 runs, all while scoring 114 runs. C.C. Sabathia looks to be one of the top candidates for the AL Cy Young. Sabathia is 17-7 on the season with a 2.96 earned run average. Sabathia in his career has 174 career wins.
Oakland Athletics (+224)
Trevor Cahill has not had a great 2011 season, but has the ability to slow down opposing offenses. Cahill is just 9-12 with a 4.17 earned run average on the season. The right hander is 37-33 in his career, with an earned run average of under 4.00. Cahill is coming off back to back losses at home to Texas and Toronto. The Athletics are trying to find anyway to keep contending teams from winning games. The Athletics have once again been a poor hitting team, as they are batting just .244 on the season. Oakland’s top guy on the offensive side if Coco Crisp, with his .268 batting average. Josh Willingham has blasted 22 homeruns and drove in 73 runs batted in for the A’s.
While we would love to pick the youngster Cahill and the Athletics in this game, it’s just not very smart to do so. The Yankees can mash, and Sabathia is an excellent left handed starting pitcher. The Yankees are going to want to win, because they know Boston will not slow down for them. Look for the Yankees offense to get quite a few runs in the middle and late innings. We are betting the New York Yankees to beat the Oakland Athletics in the second game of a three game series at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
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