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Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees - 8/20/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
New York Yankees at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Tuesday August 20, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA
The Line
Oakland Athletics +125 / New York Yankees -145
TV Channel
ESPN, YES
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The New York Yankees and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a three game set in MLB action from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Tuesday.

The New York Yankees will look to rebound after settling for a series split with Cleveland over the weekend, dropping Sunday’s series finale by a final score of 8-4. DJ LeMahieu went 2 for 5 with a home run and three RBIs while Aaron Judge went 2 for 5 with a double and an RBI to finish off New York’s scoring as a team in the loss. Brett Gardner had a pair of doubles, while Gio Urshela, Mike Ford and Mike Tauchman each had a base hit as well in the defeat. CC Sabathia allowed four runs on four hits while walking three and striking out five over three innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 5-7 on the year as a result. Domingo German will start game one and is 16-2 with a 3.96 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. This will be German’s second career start against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will also be looking for a bounce back performance after failing to complete a four game sweep of Houston with a 4-1 loss in Sunday’s series finale. Marcus Semien’s solo home run was the lone run that Oakland would plate in the loss while Matt Olson went 2 for 4 with a double. Robbie Grossman, Mark Canha and Chad Pinder each contributed a base hit in the losing effort for Oakland. Brett Anderson took the loss to fall to 10-9 on the year after allowing four runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three over five innings of work. Homer Bailey will start game one and is 10-8 with a 5.22 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bailey is 2-1 with a 4.42 ERA and 13 strikeouts against the Yankees.

New York is 23-6 in German’s last 29 starts and 42-16 in their last 58 games overall while the over is 26-5-1 in their last 32 road games against a team with a winning record. Oakland is 7-2 in their last 9 games against the AL East and 72-35 in their last 107 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a loss. New York is 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

Oakland could be worth a look here as the A’s play very well at home and have thrust themselves right back into the wild card race, not to mention that three wins over Houston is pretty impressive. Bailey has also pitched some solid outings since being traded to Oakland, and his two clunkers came on the road. However, German has been simply dominant since coming off of the IL at the beginning of July, going 7-0 in his eight starts with a no-decision, and that no-decision saw German give up eight runs in less than four innings and the Yankees still won that game. I can’t go against New York with German on the mound in his current form, so give me the Yankees to draw first blood on Tuesday.

Pick:
New York Yankees -145

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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