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New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics (8.21.19)

MLB -- August 21st, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT) -- RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland

Money Line: New York Yankees (-105) / Oakland Athletics (-115)

Runline: New York Yankees +1.5 (-190) / Oakland Athletics -1.5 (+165)

Over/Under: O9.5 (-115) / U9.5 (-105)

Free MLB Pick New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics

After an extremely underwhelming performance by the Yankees, the A's took the first of this three-game series thanks to a pair of back-to-back homers in the 1st. The Yanks went 0-5 with RISP and left eight runs on throughout the game. Oakland really didn't do much better with RISP (1-6 with 4 LOB), but they had those home runs to tack on some early padding for Bailey. I expect game two of this series to be much different as New York will be attempting to avoid there first three-game skid since July, and the A's will be looking to climb a few games over the Rays in the Wild Card Race.

Yankees Continue to Struggle with the A's

The Yankees struggles continue as they fall to 1-7 against the A's over their last 8 at RingCentral. On average over their last ten, they have been outscored by almost a full run, outhit by nearly a full hit, and strikeout more than one more time per game. If you drop that down to their last three, they've been outscored by 1.5 and struck out almost 1.5 times more than the A's. Their main concern from last night's game was how terrible they were with RISP, which is something they have not really struggled with all season. New York has a .303 BA on the year with men in scoring position, and also totes 57 HR with 487 RBI's as well. Look for the now tied for 1st place team to attempt to string together a few more runs tonight against one of Oakland's best, Mike Fiers.

Starting for New York Wednesday night will be the 12th year vet, J.A. Happ. Since mid-June, Happ has cooled off a bit from his 7-3 start to the 2019 campaign. His last nine starts have led to three wins, four losses, and two ND's. He has also seen quite the fluctuating ERA in that nine-game span; starting at 5.23, dipping as low as 4.86, and climbing all the way back up to 5.40 in his last start. J.A. also hasn't been incredible on the road this season either, with only a 3-1 record in 10 away starts. He does have a 4-1 record against the Athletics in his career, but all four of those wins have come from at least three seasons ago. Happ will need some more run support than his team offered last night too if he wants any shot at winning, as he has an 0-3 record this year with less than two runs scored before he exits the game.

Athletics Home Dominance Propels Wild Card Hopes

Oakland is now 6-1 in their last seven, 7-1 in their last eight at home, and also 7-1 in their last eight at home against the Yankees. In their last eight home games, they've also managed to keep their opponents to an average of about three runs per game. With that, their offense has been heating up as well as they have averaged 5.3 runs scored per game in that same home span. They have also been averaging nearly seven runs per game over their last 10 wins and have 11 home runs throughout that stretch. Last night's win improved their record in August to 11-5 and pushed them into a tie with Tampa Bay for the second Wild card spot in the American League.

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