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New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics, 8/22/19 9:37 PM ET Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, TV: New York (YES), Oakland (NBCSCA) Radio: New York (WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280), Oakland (KTRB 860, KIQI 1010)
Game three of the cross coast matchup of the Yankees and Athletics is set to start tonight at 10:07 PM ET. This game comes on the heels of the Athletics taking the first two. Masahiro Tanaka gets the call for the Yankees tonight as Tanner Roark takes the bump for the A’s.
Tanaka has been great in his last two outings. In 14 1/3 innings, he held the Blue Jays and Indians to just two runs and seven hits, giving him an ERA of 1.26 over his last two starts. He’s 9-6 on the season with an ERA of 4.56.
Roark has been pretty solid since coming to the A’s via trade. In his three starts since going the Athletics, he has a 2.55 ERA. His last start came against the Astros where he went six innings giving up just two runs which was enough to give the A’s a win.
1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
2. Luke Voit (R) 1B
3. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
4. Gary Sanchez (R) C
5. Gleyber Torres (R) SS
6. Edwin Encarnacion (R) DH
7. Gio Urshela (R) 3B
8. Cameron Maybin (R) RF
9. Brett Gardner (L) LF
SP. Masahiro Tanaka (R) 9-6
The Yankees continue to seem like the favorite to win the AL East. The Rays are their closest contender, but them currently sitting at 10 games back towards the end of August lends itself to the belief that the Yankees will emerge victorious in the East.
The Yankees bats have had some exposure to Roark in the past. Maybin is hitting .571 through 7 ABs against the right hander. On the flip side, LeMahieu is hitting just .143 through 7 ABs. Most notably, though, is Didi Gregorious who has hit two long balls off the right hander in just 6 ABs.
In two games started in Oakland over the course of his career, Tanaka is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.91 through 11.0 innings pitched. If he can take some of his momentum with him from his last two starts against Toronto and Cleveland, though, he could give the Yanks a good shot at not getting swept out of Oakland.
1. Marcus Semien (R) SS
2. Robbie Grossman (S) LF
3. Matt Chapman (R) 3B
4. Matt Olson (L) 1B
5. Stephen Piscotty (R) RF
6. Mark Canha (R) DH
7. Jurickson Profar (S) 2B
8. Ramon Laureano (R) CF
9. Josh Phegley (R) C
SP. Tanner Roark (R) 7-8
The A’s are currently tied with the Rays for the second AL Wildcard spot. The A’s have been very good this year, but unfortunately the Astros have simply been better. As of now, it looks like the Wildcard spots will be filled by some combination of Cleveland, Oakland, and Tampa Bay. Only time will tell how exactly that shakes out.
Most of the A’s lineup doesn’t have an extensive history against Tanaka, but Khris Davis, who has 12 recorded ABs against the right-hander, is hitting just 0.83. The next most ABs against Tanaka comes from Robbie Grossman who has faced him seven times but is hitting just .143.
If the A’s want to beat this stacked Yankees squad again tonight, I think the same thing needs to happen — establish an early lead and make them play from behind. I’ve seen too many Yankees games this year where they get off to an early lead and just slowly accumulate a bigger and bigger lead making it nearly impossible for opposing teams to get back into the game.
Yankees vs. A’s Betting Odds
The line is currently set at NYY -110 OAK +100 after opening at the same. Despite the Yankees falling in the first two games of this series, I really don’t see them getting swept out of Oakland. I don’t establishing an early lead will be a problem for the Yankees with Tanaka on the mound given the way he’s been pitching lately. The over/under is currently set at 9.5 runs. With the way both Roark and Tanaka have been pitching lately, I’m inclined to say take the under in this one.
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