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#965 New York Yankees -100 vs.
#966 Oakland Athletics 9.5
Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 9:37pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino



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#966 Oakland


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The Oakland Athletics will host the New York Yankees as the AL foes wrap up a three-game series Thursday evening from the Oakland Coliseum. The Yankees will give the starting nod to 30-year old right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, and 32-year old right-hander Tanner Roark will take the mound for the Athletics. The Athletics won the season series opener by a 6-2 score on Tuesday night, followed by a 6-4 win on Wednesday night.

Tanaka Eyes Third Consecutive Victory

Masahiro Tanaka will get the nod for the 26th time of the season, hunting for his third straight win. Tanaka was sharp in his latest effort, holding the Indians to only two runs in 6.1 innings, propelling another win to lift his record to 9-6. The veteran right-hander features a 3.20 ERA in his three starts this month, and he features a 4.56 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in 144 innings of action on the season. Tanaka has shut down the A’s in his five career starts, sporting a 3-2 record and a stellar 2.53 ERA. Khris Davis is 1 for 12 against Tanaka, while Matt Chapman is 2 for 2, and Marcus Semien is 1 for 6.

DJ LeMahieu continues to shine at the plate, accumulating 12 hits along with six RBI’s in his last seven games. The former Colorado Rockies slugger is having a spectacular season in his first year with NY, clubbing 21 big flys and 86 RBI’s on the season. LeMahieu went 1 for 5 in Tuesday’s loss to Oakland.

The Yankees hold sole possession in first place in the AL ahead of the Astros which is a remarkable accomplishment considering their numerous injuries this season. Edwin Encarnacion, Aaron Hicks, and Giancarlo Stanton are due back next month.

The Bronx Bombers continue to lead the Majors with an average of 5.90 runs per game. The N.Y. pitching staff is carrying a mediocre 4.51 team ERA, positioning them 15th in the big leagues. The Yankees are 34-24 on the road entering Wednesday.

Roark Enjoys Strong Start with Athletics

Tanner Roark will get the call for the 22nd time of the year and fourth time since joining the A’s. Roark was terrific in his previous start, holding the Astros to only two runs in six innings in an outing that ended with a no-decision in a 3-2’ A’s win. The veteran right-hander features a stellar 2.55 ERA in his three starts since joining the Athletics, and he owns a respectable 4.01 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP to go with a 7-8 record in 128 innings of work on the year. Roark has yet to face the Yankees this season, and he conceded three runs in six meetings in his lone career start against the Bronx Bombers. DJ LeMahieu is 1 for 7 against Roark, while Didi Gregorius is 2 for 6, and Aaron Judge is 0 for 2.

Matt Olson is one of the hotter hitters in the A’s lineup right now, smashing four long balls with 12 RBI’s in his last eight games. The 25-year old first baseman is having another productive year, compiling a .265 average with 26 dingers and 62 RBI’s. Olson went 2 for 3 with two RBI’s in Tuesday’s victory.

The Athletics came through with a big series win against first-place Houston earlier this week, and they are currently tied with the Rays for the 2nd Wildcard position entering Wednesday’s action. Oakland continues to defy logic with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, yet they continue to field a winning team.

The A’s are scoring an average of 5.04 runs on the season, placing them 12th in the Majors. The Oakland pitching staff features a sharp 4.02 team ERA, good for sixth in the big leagues. The A’s stand at 41-24 on their home field entering Wednesday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with the Yankees in this showdown of two hot teams due to the pitching matchup. The Yankees continue to roll, winning seven out of their last ten games overall entering Wednesday’s game. Yankees’ starter Masahiro Tanaka is looking good, allowing a total of only two runs in his last two starts spread across 14.1 innings. Tanaka has shut down the A’s bats in his career, sporting a stifling 2.53 ERA, and the Yankees consistently win games with Tanaka on the mound.

Furthermore, the Yankees are consistently scoring runs. They lead the Majors in runs scored against right-handed pitching and they stand third with a .831 OPS against right-handed pitching, so I expect them to get to A’s starter Tanner Roark.

Prediction: New York Yankees

Full-Game Total Pick

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The under is a strong play in this matchup. Masahiro Tanaka has held his opposition to two or fewer runs in three out of his last four starts, and I expect another strong performance considering his career numbers against Oakland, plus the under is 5-0 in Tanaka’s last five starts against the Athletics.

In addition, the A’s pitching should at least contain the Yankees bats considering they held the Astros to 16 runs in four games prior to this series, and Roark has held his opposition to two or fewer runs in each of his three starts since joining Oakland. The under is 7-3 in the A’s last ten home games and that trend should resume in this one.

Prediction: Under

Full-Game Prop Bet

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I am selecting Gleybar Torres to record a hit along with a Yankees’ win offered on PointsBet. Torres is having a big month at the plate, and he has collected at least one base hit in nine out of his last ten games overall for a total of 12 hits in his last 10 games. Also, he is hitting a solid .282 against right-handed pitching this season.

Prediction: Gleybar Torres to Record a Hit/Yankees Win

First Five Innings Prop Prediction

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I am opting with the under on the three-inning total. Tanner Roark is effective in the first three innings where he possesses a 3.75 ERA on the season. The same goes for Tanaka who is carrying  3.10 ERA in that same span. In addition, both teams’ highest-scoring stretch at the plate takes place in innings 4-6.

Prediction: Three Inning Total Under

Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.