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MLB Odds: Athletics vs Yankees MLB Picks – July 23, 2009

by Steve Hastings on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

MLB Odds: Athletics vs. Yankees MLB Picks – July 23, 2009: With last night’s 6-4 win over the Orioles, the New York Yankees have now won two series via the sweep, as their win streak is extended to 6 games and their American league East lead is now 2 games over the Boston Red Sox.

Exit Baltimore and enter Oakland, as the Bronx Bombers will host a 4-game set against former first baseman Jason Giambi and the Athletics. First pitch for Game 1 of the series is scheduled for 7:05 PM ET (4:05 PM PT) from Yankee Stadium.

MLB Odds makers and MLB Picks experts at SportsBook.com have listed the New York Yankees [-290 ML] as tonight’s sports betting odds favorites in the series opener against the visiting underdogs, Oakland Athletics [+235 ML]. However, before making your MLB Picks, get the latest sports betting odds for your free sports picks from the best online MLB Betting Odds sportsbooks. 

It seems as though New York has finally found its groove, as the Yanks are playing some of their best baseball of the season. The bats are hot, the starters are working into the seventh inning, and the bullpen (especially Phil Hughes and Phil Coke) has been very solid as of late. "It's almost a shock when somebody doesn't go seven," Coke said. "When we were in Anaheim, we had two straight days of 4 2/3 (innings). It was a shock to me. It really was."

And of course, there’s not even a need to mention the 9th inning, as the best closer in the history of the game, Mariano Rivera, continues to be as reliable as always. "I do think they feed off each other," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They don't want to be the one that stops the streak. They want to go out and throw well. They compete against each other, and to me, that's a great situation."

Tonight’s pitching matchup in the opener consists of another great starter for New York, as LHP CC Sabathia (9-6, 3.66 ERA) takes the hill for the Bombers against Oak-Town’s RHP Vin Mazzaro (2-6, 4.09 ERA). As a result of this pitching matchup, the OVER/UNDER for this, MLB Odds: Athletics vs. Yankees MLB Picks – July 23, 2009, has been officially set at a combined total of 9 runs scored.

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