It’s the start of a series between a pair of teams in the thick of the American League playoff picture out on the west coast. The New York Yankees are on the road as they open a three-game set with the Oakland A’s Tuesday night. New York was dropped 8-4 in the finale of their four-game home set with the Indians Sunday afternoon to split that four-game set. Oakland was defeated 4-1 at home by Houston Sunday but took three of the four games in the series. The teams split six meetings last season with the A’s taking two of three at home in the last series September 3-5, 2018.
New York Yankees Look to Earn Road Success
New York ended up with a split of their four-game set with the Indians as they were beaten Sunday: they now play 24 of their final 36 games of the regular season on the road. The Yankees entered Monday still holding a comfortable 9.5-game advantage over Tampa Bay in the AL East. DJ LeMahieu (run, three RBI), Aaron Judge (RBI) and Brett Gardner each had two hits in the contest. CC Sabathia (5-7) struggled in his return from the injured list and took the loss. He allowed four runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts over three innings, throwing 67 pitches, 37 for strikes.
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The Yankees turn to Domingo German in this one as he makes his 22nd appearance and 21st start of the season. He comes in 16-2 with a 3.96 ERA, a 1.103 WHIP, 26 walks and 124 strikeouts over 116 innings of work this year. German won his fourth straight start in his last outing, which came last Tuesday at home against the Orioles. He threw seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in an 8-3 Yankees triumph. German is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, two walks and 17 strikeouts over 19 innings in his last three starts. He has no record with a 6.00 ERA, a 1.778 WHIP, six walks and seven strikeouts over nine innings of work in two career appearances, one start, against the A’s. German didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career appearance at the O.co Coliseum, which came in relief on June 17, 2017. In that outing, he went four innings, allowing no runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in a 5-2 Yankees defeat.
Oakland A’s Battling to Climb Into Playoff Position
Oakland had their four-game win streak snapped as they dropped the finale of their four-game set with the Astros at home Sunday. The A’s entered Monday second in the AL West, 7.5 games behind the Astros: they fell 1.5 games behind Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot. Oakland saw Matt Olson pick up two of their six hits while Marcus Semien accounted for the team’s lone run with his 21st homer of the season. Brett Anderson (10-9) took the loss on the mound as he allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts over five innings.
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Homer Bailey takes the mound for his 25th start overall on the year and his seventh for the A’s after being acquired from Kansas City last month. He comes in 10-8 with a 5.22 ERA, a 1.398 WHIP, 47 walks and 108 strikeouts over 122.1 innings of work on the year. Bailey picked up the win in his last start, which came Wednesday on the road against the Giants. He threw seven innings, allowing no runs on two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in a 9-5 Oakland win. Bailey is 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, five walks and 12 strikeouts over 17.2 innings in his last three starts. He has a 2-1 record with a 4.42 ERA, a 1.255 WHIP, three walks and 13 strikeouts over 18.1 innings in three career starts against the Yankees. Bailey is 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA, a 1.168 WHIP, 10 walks and 28 strikeouts over 31.2 innings in five career starts at the O.co Coliseum.
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