Expect the unexpected when the New York Yankees visit the Oakland A’s; this will be a game of few runs. Though the Yankees lineup is potent, the A’s starter Tommy Milone has been nearly unhittable at Oakland’s Coliseum. Due in part to the large foul areas in play that lead to more outs, Milone has a 4-0 record with a 0.40 ERA at home.
Hiroki Kuroda has struggled this year with a 3-6 record and 4.56 ERA, but a matchup against the light-hitting A’s – Oakland is the worst run-scoring offence in the American League – will get the pitcher back on track. Like Milone, Kiroda should benefit from Oakland’s stadium, which is in the bottom half of run-producing parks in the Major Leagues. Go with under 8.0 runs at 1.85 as the preferable bet compared to the over at 1.95.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim should continue their climb back up the AL West standings when they face the Mariners in Seattle. The Angels send one of their big off-season acquisitions, CJ Wilson, to the pitcher’s mound in this one. Wilson has not disappointed thus far in 2012: he’s 5-3 with a 2.90 ERA. He’s also coming off a gem of a performance against the A’s in which he threw eight scoreless innings, striking out seven in the process.
Los Angeles are riding some momentum, having won three straight games coming into the weekend. An added bonus for the southern California team: they’re facing Seattle’s Hector Noesi. He’s 2-5 with a 5.26 ERA. The Angels at 1.62 are the team to pick. Pass on the Mariners at 2.30.