Yankees vs. Athletics MLB Pick – August 20th

The New York Yankees are on the road for the next nine games, including a potential World Series against the Dodgers. That’s going to be the series of the weekend, as the Yankees and Dodgers meet in a battle of heavyweights. Since the trade deadline, the Astros have been the popular pick to win the World Series, but don’t count out the Yankees in the American League.

When their bats are hot, they are impossible to slow down. That said, pitching is what typically wins games in the postseason. 9 times out of 10, the better pitching staff in October ends up winning the World Series. And it isn’t like the Astros don’t have a capable offense as well, especially with Carlos Correa back in the lineup.

The Yankees enter Oakland with a record of 83-43 and 7-2 in their last nine games. They are coming off a loss against the Indians by a score of 8-4 on Sunday afternoon. CC Sabathia took the loss, as he exited after just 3 innings of work. Nevertheless, the Yankees are still atop the American League and have one more win than the Dodgers. The Dodgers’ series is important regarding homefield in the World Series.

The Bronx Bombers cannot take their attention off the Athletics and lookahead to the Dodgers, though. This is a critical few days for Oakland, as they have a quality opponent in town needing wins. The A’s can taste October, but they’re not going to be playing if the standings remain the same.

It would be the Indians and Rays in the Wild Card Game. Homer Bailey was acquired to provide the Athletics with some depth in their rotation. Anymore and it’s a bonus for Oakland. He will get the nod against the Yankees and Domingo German in the series opener on Tuesday night. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Athletics pick.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Yankees -145/Athletics +125
  • O/U: 9.5

Pitching Matchup:

  • Domingo German (16-2, 3.96 ERA)
  • Homer Bailey (10-8, 5.22 ERA)

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Domingo German enters with a tremendous record of 16-2. German has been good no doubt, but he’s benefitted from playing in this power offense. It reminds me of somewhat of the Cy Young year Rick Porcello had. Porcello finished with a record of 22-4 because of the lineup he had to back him up. He finished with a respectable 3.15 ERA, which is better than the 3.96 ERA German possesses, but Porcello didn’t put up Cy Young numbers. His record was excellent thanks to a hot offense, though.

Having said that, don’t get it twisted, German is not in Cy Young territory. He has nevertheless been reliable, with a 3.96 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He enters with an ERA of 3.32 and 1.05 WHIP in his previous three outings. German hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs since five starts ago on July 23rd against the Twins.

If he doesn’t bring his ‘A’ game to the party tonight, his offense shouldn’t be able to carry the load like they’ve done for him all year. The offense have scored at least 8 runs in his last four appearances on the bump. Even in that trouble spot against the Twins, the Yankees still won the game by a score of 14-12.

Bailey is a pitcher that the Yankees should be able to handle. He’s been serviceable this season, but his best at this point in his career is average. Bailey is coming off a sharp performance against the Giants in San Francisco, but I can see some regression here against a much better offensive unit. Look for the Yankees to get their trip out west started with a win in Oakland.

The Bet
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Kyle E / Author

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