New York Yankees (76-53) vs. Oakland Athletics (71-59)
August 29, 2021 7:08 pm EDT
The Line: Oakland Athletics -111 / New York Yankees -120; Over/Under: +8
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The New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. The Yankees look for a win after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Athletics need a win after losing six of their last seven games.
The New York Yankees have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Yankees have won 11 straight games when scoring four or more runs. DJ LeMahieu leads the Yankees with 130 hits and 51 RBI while Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have combined for 230 hits and 139 RBI. Jordan Montgomery gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 3.69 ERA and 123 strikeouts this season. Montgomery is 0-0 with a 4.09 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last six games. The Athletics have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 123 hits and 83 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Elvis Andrus have combined for 201 hits and 92 RBI. Paul Blackburn gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Blackburn’s first career game against the Yankees.
The Yankees are 13-3 in their last 16 road games and 36-15 in their last 51 overall. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series. The over is 4-1-2 in Yankees last 7 overall. The under is 7-3 in Athletics last 10 Sunday games. The Yankees are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Oakland.
Montgomery has been extremely solid for the Yankees lately, allowing 32 hits and 14 runs in his last 42.1 innings. Paul Blackburn just doesn’t have enough consistent reps for me to back with confidence, as he’s pitched just 13.1 innings dating back to last season. We’re also getting a cheap price with the Yankees, a team that’s lost just once in the last two weeks. Give me the Yankees.