MLB Picks: New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics

Jeff GrantContributor IJune 13, 2014

MLB Picks: New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics

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    The New York Yankees have scored four or fewer runs in 12 of their last 13 games, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Friday, as they prepare to take on the Oakland Athletics at the O.co Coliseum.

    Sports bettors will find that the Yankees are plus-170 road underdogs in the pro baseball odds, with the betting total sitting at 7.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this American League matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

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New York Yankees

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    The New York Yankees have won three games in a row, including a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners as plus-104 road underdogs Thursday.

    Yankees starting pitcher David Phelps is 1-4 with a 4.88 ERA in 16 appearances (seven starts) this season.

Oakland Athletics

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    The Oakland Athletics own a league-high plus-130 run differential, which has led directly to a 3.5-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the American League West standings.

    Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray has compiled a 6-2 record and 2.83 ERA in 13 outings during the 2014 campaign.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks Friday, as the UNDER has gone 6-2 in the last eight meetings in this series when played in the Bay Area.

    Pick: Under 7.5 Runs

     

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