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.
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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.
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 21, 2019
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.
The New York Yankees are:
- 11-1 in Tanaka’s last 12 starts overall.
- 4-1 in Tanaka’s last 5 road starts.
- 44-18 in their last 62 games against a right-handed starter.
The Oakland Athletics are:
- under is 7-3-1 in their last 11 games overall.
- under is 12-3-1 in their last 16 games in the third game of a series.