- First-place Yankees ready to meet up with the last-place Athletics
- Yankees vs Athletics Game Information
- Yankees vs Athletics Probable Pitching Matchups
- Benintendi starting to heat up for the Yankees
- Langeliers making an immediate impact on Athletics
- Who's Hot
- Who's Not
- Yankees vs Athletics Injury Update
- Yankees vs Athletics Betting Preview
First-Place Yankees Ready to Meet Last-Place Athletics
Fresh off back-to-back wins over the MLB NL East-leading New York Mets, the New York Yankees hit the road to face an Oakland team that has the worst record in the American League. The Yankees vs Athletics betting odds predictably favor the visiting Yankees.
Former Oakland pitching ace Frankie Montas started against the Mets on Tuesday and he isn’t slated to pitch in any of the four games for the Yankees. Reliever Lou Trivino, also a part of that deadline deal, figures to be called upon.
Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) is probable for the series opener. He hasn’t been in the lineup for the Yankees in more than a month.
The Athletics have the worst record in the American League and in the MLB divisional standings are seven games in back of the fourth-place Los Angeles Angels in the AL West. The Yankees are one of five teams in the AL with a winning record on the road.
Yankees vs Athletics Game Information
- Matchup: Yankees 76-48 (first in the AL East) Athletics 46-79 (fifth in the AL West)
- Location: Oakland Coliseum
- Television: Friday’s game on Amazon Prime Video. All four games on NBC Sports California with the games on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday being televised on YES
Yankees vs Athletics Probable Pitching Matchups
- Thursday: Jameson Taillon (Yankees) James Kaprielian (Athletics)
- Friday: Gerrit Cole (Yankees) JP Sears (Athletics)
- Saturday: Nestor Cortes (Yankees) Adam Oller (Athletics)
- Sunday: Domingo German (Yankees) Zach Logue (Athletics)
Benintendi Heat Up for Yankees
Things didn’t get off to a red-hot start when the Yankees acquired veteran outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
He was 1 for 20 in his first seven games. Perhaps some of those early struggles could be attributed to Benintendi trying too hard when playing his first four games as a Yankees against the Kansas City team he was just traded from.
However, over the last 18 games, Benintendi is hitting .302 with 10 extra-base hits. He has two hits in each of his last three games with the Yankees winning all three of those contests.
While New York waits to get Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup, Benintendi has provided a boost for a team in need of just that.
Langeliers Making an Immediate Impact on Athletics
With Oakland trading away so many veteran players, the Athletics need either the players that are coming back the other way to contribute or to see their own former draft picks to develop into productive players in the majors. Catcher Shea Langeliers falls into the former category.
Langeliers was a key piece of the trade that sent the first baseman Matt Olson to the Atlanta Braves. He scored runs in each of his first three major league games and had had extra-base hits in five of his first seven big league games.
Langeliers takes a .269 batting average and a .615 slugging percentage into the series against the Yankees. He has been a bright spot in an otherwise tough run for the Athletics as the Yankees vs Athletics betting odds have the host Athletics underdogs again.
- Dany Jiménez, Athletics P: Jiménez hasn’t allowed a run in his last four appearances. He has allowed two hits in 4.1 innings during that stretch.
- Aaron Judge, Yankees OF: Judge is 6 for 15 with two home runs and three RBIs in his last four games.
- Sean Murphy, Athletics C: Murphy is hitting .385 with five runs, four doubles, two home runs, and three walks over his last seven games.
- Lou Trivino, Yankees P: Trivino has a 1.00 ERA in nine games since being acquired from Oakland. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last three games.
- Seth Brown, Athletics 1B: Brown is 1 for 17 with eight strikeouts over his last five contests.
- Oswaldo Cabrera, Yankees IF: Cabrera is 1 for 14 with four strikeouts during his last five games.
- Zach Logue, Athletics P: Logue is 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in three starts in August. He has allowed 17 hits and 15 runs in 15 innings of work.
- Jameson Taillon, Yankees P: Taillon is 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA in four starts in August. He has allowed 17 hits and 15 runs in 23.2 innings during that time.
Yankees vs Athletics Injury Update
Yankees relief pitchers Albert Abreu (elbow) and Scott Effross (shoulder) are out indefinitely. Outfielder Harrison Bader (foot) is not expected back until early September. Closer Clay Holmes (back) could also return early next month.
For the Athletics, outfielder Ramon Laureano (oblique) could be back by early September. Relief pitcher Brent Honeywell (elbow) is expected to be sidelined until late September.
Yankees vs Athletics Betting Preview
The Yankees figure to have Giancarlo Stanton back for this series as the Yankees will have all their home run hitters together again. Stanton is batting .333 with two home runs and five RBIs against Oakland this season. His presence will only add to the Yankees vs Athletics betting odds favoring visiting New York.
The Yankees have won seven of the last nine games against the Athletics and that includes all three games played this season.
Oakland did win the last two games in this series played at home.
The Athletics have been the underdog in each of the last six home games but have won three of those contests.Follow us on Twitter