The New York Yankees could finish with the American League’s best record. The Oakland Athletics could earn a Wild-Card spot, and if they win that game would open the ALDS at Yankee Stadium. First, though, the teams open a series there Friday with the Yankees favored on the MLB betting lines at MyBookie.
How to Bet Athletics vs Yankees MLB Odds & Game Info
- When: Friday, 7:05 PM ET
- Where: Yankee Stadium
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Brett Anderson/CC Sabathia
- TV: MLB Network
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- Radio: WFAN
- MLB Odds: New York Yankees -140 (Total 11)
- Sunny: 28°C/82°F
- Humidity: 48%
- Precipitation: 1%
- Cloud Cover: 9%
- Wind: 9 mph W
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on Oakland?
Manager Bob Melvin hopes to have third baseman Matt Chapman (head) back in the lineup on Friday. Chapman took a pitch to the helmet on Wednesday night and reported feeling a little “blurry” afterward, but he is not being run through concussion protocol.
On Thursday, the A’s placed designated hitter Khris Davis on the paternity list and selected infielder Sheldon Neuse from Triple-A Las Vegas. Davis is batting .221 with 19 home runs and 57 RBI in 110 games with the A’s. Davis was 5-for-20 (.250) with two home runs and four RBI over his last six games. Neuse was batting .317 with a career-high 27 home runs and a career-high 102 RBI in 126 games with Las Vegas.
A’s left Brett Anderson (10-8) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over six innings Sunday, striking out two batters in a loss to the Giants. He did not factor into the decision. Anderson has been pretty mediocre in August, giving up 11 runs over 23 innings (4.30 ERA) with a 12:8 K:BB. He allowed a pair of runs in the second inning before Evan Longoria took him deep for a solo blast in the third, but he managed to settle in after that.
Anderson is 0-6 with a 6.86 ERA (40.2 ip, 60 h, 35 r, 31 er, 11 bb, 30 so, 7 hr) in eight career starts against New York. The losses are his most against any team and the ERA is his highest against any team that he has faced more than three times. Anderson was the losing pitcher in his only start last year, a 6-2 A’s loss at Yankee Stadium on May 13 (5.0 ip, 8 h, 4 r, 4 er, 2 bb, 4 so).
Oakland swept the Yankees three games earlier this month and is 10-3 in the past 13 matchups in the series (since 6/15/17) and 27-15 (.357) vs. New York since the start of 2013, the Yankees’ worst record vs. any AL club in that span.
- Runs: 5.11
- Hits: 8.48
- Walks: 3.39
- Strike Outs: 8.11
- Runs: 4.28
- Hits: 8.42
- Walks: 3.03
- Strike Outs: 7.73
Why Bet on NY Yankees?
New York is on a four-game winning streak after completing a sweep in Seattle on Wednesday with a 7-3 victory. The Yanks are 20-8 this month. They reached 20 wins in a calendar month for only the third time in the last seven seasons (May 2019, 20-7; Sept. 2017, 20-8). New York last won more than 20 games in a month in August 2009 (21-7).
DJ LeMahieu went 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs scored Wednesday. The Yankees now have 70 homers in the month of August, by far an MLB record. LaMahieu has driven in 89 runs in his first season with the Yankees. Those numbers along with a .332 average make LeMahieu a legitimate MVP candidate in 2019.
Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge also went deep. Judge is red-hot with the bat right now, and he’s now homered six time in his last nine games. He also owns a .277/.388/.512 line, and he’s driven in 42 runs in 78 games. Third baseman Gio Urshela left Wednesday’s contest with left groin tightness. Urshela exited the contest early with Didi Gregorius taking his place in the lineup. It’s not clear yet if Urshela will play Friday.
The Yankees are expected to activate first baseman Luke Voit on Friday. Voit (sports hernia) has been playing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since last Friday.
Yankees lefty CC Sabathia (5-8) took the decision in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday, pitching four innings and giving up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven. Sabathia was able to keep the Dodgers off the board except for a two-run homer by Justin Turner in the third inning, but he still has not completed five innings since July 16. The left-hander avoided major damage though, and he helped his cause by striking out seven of the 18 batters he faced. Sabathia will take a 4.99 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 94:34 K:BB into his next start Friday.
The Yankees have won four of the last five home matchups (since 5/27/17) vs. Oakland after going 4-10 in the previous 14.
- Runs: 5.86
- Hits: 9.39
- Walks: 3.53
- Strike Outs: 8.70
- Runs: 4.64
- Hits: 8.53
- Walks: 3.08
- Strike Outs: 9.21
Athletics vs Yankees MLB Betting Trends
- Athletics are 6-1 in their last 7 Friday games
- Yankees are 6-2 in Sabathia’s last 8 home starts vs. Athletics
- Athletics are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games this season
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland’s last 6 games against an opponent in the American League East division
- Yankees are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of NY Yankees’ last 9 games at home
Expert Final Score Prediction for Athletics vs Yankees
Oakland Athletics 6 – NY Yankees 7