The MLB is back in action today as the New York Yankees will clash with the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. This is game two of a three-game series.
New York Yankees Form
The Yankees are one of the best teams in the league this season. Moreover, they have now 10 games over the Tampa Bay Rays. However, the Yanks currently have just a three-game lead over the Astros for the number one seed in the American League. Therefore, they need to keep winning in order to be the best team in the MLB in the regular part of the season. Nevertheless, it will be hard for them as the A’s will try to win as they are still chasing a playoff wildcard spot.
On the offensive side of the game, the Yankees score an average of 5.96 runs per game. And this is the 1st record in the league in scoring. Also, they are ranking 3rd in hitting at .271 and 2nd in homers with 217. On the mound, they are 11th in the league in ERA at 4.37, while also ranking 13th in WHIP at 1.31 and 6th in K’s with 1103.
Oakland Athletics Form
The Athletics are one of the teams that need to keep winning in order to get a playoff spot. Moreover, they are now just 1.0 game out of the 2nd wildcard spot in the American League. And heading into this game, the A’s pitching has been strong as they allowed just 2.89 runs per game over their last nine games 9 games. Therefore, there is good timing for the Athletics to face the commanding Yanks.
On the offensive side of the game, the Athletics score an average of 5.07 runs per game. Also, they are 22nd in hitting at .246 and 8th in homers with 180. On the mound, they have been solid as they rank 9th in the league in ERA at 4.14, while also ranking 6th in WHIP at 1.28 and 27th in K’s with 888.
The Yankees need to keep winning in order to win the race for the best team in the league.
However, the A’s need this win as they are so close to get that wildcard slot in their division. That is why I expect the A’s to win this game in a very tight contest.
My Free Pick & Prediction for New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics 08/21/2019 is: take the Oakland Athletics -113 (MoneyLine).
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