New York Yankees Trying to Avoid Being Swept by Oakland Athletics

Hiroki Kuroda- New York Yankees

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The New York Yankees will try to salvage at least one win against the Oakland Athletics when they take the field for an afternoon start in the Bay Area.

Through two games, the Athletics have silenced the Yankees’ bats much in the same way the Seattle Mariners did over the weekend. The difference is the Yankees’ pitching hasn’t been as spectacular as it was against the Mariners, and with the offense sputtering the way it is, that’s the only way New York can win right now.

Today, the Yankees will look for Hiroki Kuroda to get back on track and earn his first win since May 17.  The veteran right-hander has been solid, but has suffered from terrible run support.  The Yankees have scored a total of two runs in his last three starts, all New York losses.  His 6-5 record is not reflective of the type of season he has had. Kuroda’s in the top-10 in the American League in ERA and WHIP, but the Yankees simply haven’t scored when he’s pitching.

He shouldn’t feel too bad however, because the Yankees haven’t scored much at all. The so-called Bronx Bombers rank 11th in the American League in runs scored, a place they haven’t been in a long time.

The A’s will counter with Jarrod Parker, who has been much improved over the last month. Since May 6, Parker’s ERA has gone down almost three full runs and he’s racked up four wins along the way. It is worth noting that two of those wins were against the worst scoring team in the American League, the Chicago White Sox. However, it’s a step in the right direction for Parker, and today he’s facing a Yankee lineup that isn’t much better than Chicago’s.

The Yankees need to build a little momentum before they head to Anaheim to conclude a tough 10-game road trip. Kuroda’s going to have to pitch well because if history tells us anything, he won’t be getting much run support today in Oakland.

B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports and can be followed @coachlip 

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