9* Wednesday MLB OAK/NYY
Oakland vs. NY Yankees,
06/04/2014 19:05 EDT,
Score: 7 - 4
Money Line: -130 Oakland
Oakland Athletics ML
The New York Yankees take on the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday evening.
To say this pitching matchup is a mismatch would be a massive understatement. Vidal Nuno gets the nod for the Yankees, and he may just be one of the worst five starters in all of baseball. Nuno's 5.48 ERA is indicative of how poorly he's pitched this season, and his 5.05 xFIP at Yankee Stadium this year doesn't inspire any confidence going forwards. Oakland has been producing runs consistently all season long and shouldn't have any issues getting to Nuno, who's lucky to even be in the Major Leagues.
Oakland counters with Jesse Chavez, who has been outstanding this season. Chavez boasts a 2.78 ERA and has proven that he is capable of pitching on the road with a stellar 2.50 xFIP. With both bullpens having been used in last night's game, we trust that Chavez will outlast Nuno in this contest and force the Yankees to use tired arms.
The A's run differential is a whopping +118 this season; a sign that they've been taking it to opponents. While they Yankees are one game above .500, they've actually been outscored by 26 runs; a sign that regression is coming. This is a complete mismatch.
The Athletics are 5-1 in Chavez's last 6 road starts and 38-17 in their last 55 games as a favorite. The Yankees are just 1-10 in their last 11 games as a home dog and are 0-4 in Nuno's last 4 home starts.
Good Luck, Razor Ray