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Sabathia back on hill for Yankees

CC Sabathia is New York's probable pitcher for Friday night as the Yankees open up a series at home against the Oakland Athletics in MLB betting action at the sportsbooks.

Sabathia is 8-8 with a 4.56 ERA over his 25 career starts against Oakland, fanning 132 batters in those 160 innings of work. The lefthander is coming off a win over the Blue Jays in which he allowed three earned runs in eight innings pitched.

It's a pitching duel between CC Sabathia for the Yankees (4-2 on the year) and AJ Griffin for Oakland (2-2 so far).

View Oakland vs NY Yankees Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Yankees as -155 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Yankees - Athletics odds would favor the Yankees if the lines were set according to our power ranks. New York is rated No. 5 in the current American League Odds Shark poll, while Oakland is at No. 7 in the American League.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and New York has the American League's No. 6-rated offensive output, at 8.9 hits per game. The Athletics average 8.9 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the American League list.

Oakland brings the American League's No. 12-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Yankees' league No. 8-ranked defense.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Angels at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Angels at +108 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Athletics starter, Tom Milone, was terrific in striking out 10 Los Angeles batters last time out, but Oakland still lost 5-4 on Wednesday at O.co Coliseum.

In their last action, New York was a 5-4 winner at home against the Astros. Bettors on New York at -180 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Yankees enjoyed a 5-4 victory at the expense of the Astros on Wednesday, with David Phelps throwing 5 2/3 innings of 8-hit ball at Yankee Stadium.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing NY Yankees are 5-5
After playing LA Angels are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Oakland are 7-3
After playing Houston are 10-0
After a win are 6-4

A few Athletics at Yankees trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Oakland's last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games when playing on the road against NY Yankees
Oakland is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing NY Yankees
NY Yankees are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games
NY Yankees are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of NY Yankees' last 7 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 6 games

Next up:
Oakland at NY Yankees, Saturday, May 4