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Yankees vs. Athletics Game Preview: Capuano looks to even out the series

If you had to pick one pitcher to counter Sonny Gray, and you couldn't have bearded Joba Chamberlain, it'd have to be Chris Capuano, right?

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees stay at the O.CO Coliseum tonight for the second of an extended four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m.

The Bombers will try to steal a win from the always-impressive Oakland starter Sonny Gray. The 25-year-old is coming off of back-to-back five inning outings, though he didn’t allow a run last time out against the Tampa Bay Rays. On the season Gray holds an American League leading 1.77 ERA and a WHIP of 1.00. He also has only allowed two home runs on the season, a possibly daunting omen for the long ball loving Yankees. Gray has almost no experience facing current Yankee batters (though Nathan Eovaldi has a sacrifice bunt against!). The matchup should be a tough one for the lost and now once again found Yankees’ bats.

To match the young ace New York will send out 36-year-old Chris Capuano, naturally. The southpaw is coming off of an 84 pitch 4 1/3 inning outing in which he gave up two earned runs on eight hits. In his only other start this season Capuano didn’t make it past the three-inning mark. However, hope still should be had at the possibility between a potentially great Yankee infield defense and Capuano’s ground ball rates. Personally, I have Capuano throwing a perfect game with 27 consecutive 6-3 putouts—carrying the Yankees over the Athletics 1-0, with the help of a ninth inning Nathan Eovaldi pinch hit home run. But that’s just me.