The Yankees hit the west coast following a 1-2 trip to Arizona. That about sums up the Yankees this season in a snapshot, a little of good but not enough. It seems unfavorable that the Yanks have anything in them to reach the postseason. I’ve said earlier that I think the Yankees are going to be in for some hurt for the next few seasons. This is not the same Yankees franchise that wielded whatever money they had laying around to big named free agents. They have been quiet the last couple of years. The mastermind of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner, died in 2010 and right then you sort of wondered how the team was going to be handled. Steinbrenner would throw millions around at players like it was candy. You don’t see that as much anymore. Masahiro Tanaka is the last player they went all-in on, so to speak.
Tanaka will take the hill today for the Yankees, hoping for a much better performance than his last two outings. He’s been able to stay healthy thus far, something he has been susceptible to throughout his career. If Tanaka is bad again today and in his next start, I’m afraid the thought is going to be that something is bothering him again. Tanaka might be too good of a pitcher to fall off that badly, especially after he was cruising to open the year. Without Tanaka on top of his game, the Yankees are going to find it very hard to get anything going. The Athletics are in the same boat as the Yankees, in that, there might be some tough times ahead for them. They’ve had some history in the postseason against one another, but it looks like a rematch in that capacity will have to wait. Find my MLB pick for Saturday below.
New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 3.51 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (1-1, 7.91 ERA)
Tanaka will take a shot against A’s hurler Sean Manaea this afternoon. Manaea hasn’t had a favorable start to the season, however, he did put together a solid outing against the Texas Rangers. That game was after the Toronto Blue Jays game though, so the Rangers might have their heads elsewhere other than playing the Athletics and Manaea. Prior to that start, he allowed 16 runs in three games. His ERA is still sky high, with a posted ERA of 7.91 and 1.60 WHIP. Manaea is a rookie and has never faced the Yankees yet, this will be the first start of his career against them.
Tanaka allowed 10 runs in his last two starts. Before then Tanaka hadn’t allowed more than 2 runs all season long. It undoubtedly did some harm to his ERA, in just two bad starts, it jumped up to 3.51. He has been flawless on the road and he will have the luxury of pitching in a friendly ballpark this afternoon, unlike the whiffle ball park known as Yankee Stadium. Tanaka holds a 1.83 ERA and 0.97 WHIP on the road in 2016. This looks like great value with him and the Yanks. You’re not going to find him as a short favorite against the likes of Sean Manaea very often. I will play the Yankees for a regular sized wager.
PICK: YANKEES TO WIN -129