Yankees vs. A's Thursday Prediction
The Yankees and A’s will wrap up their series on Thursday night with Oakland going for the sweep of New York. With Masahiro Tanaka set to face Tanner Roark in the pitching matchup, will the A’s pull off yet another upset?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, August 22, 2019
9:37 p.m. ET, RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, CA
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 61% of the betting tickets are on the Yankees to beat the A’s on the moneyline.
New York Yankees Fantasy Spin
Masahiro Tanaka yielded two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 3-2 victory over the Indians on Friday. Tanaka gave up solo homers to Jose Ramirez and Yasiel Puig, but otherwise kept the Indians off the board. He only struck out two batters on the night — his lowest since June 22 — but he limited the Indians to just four hits and didn’t walk a batter. Tanaka has now delivered back-to-back solid starts, so the Yankees and fantasy owners have to hope that he’s righted the ship. He’ll bring a 4.56 ERA into a start against the Athletics next week.
Oakland A’s Fantasy Spin
Tanner Roark allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Astros on Friday. Roark gave up only six hits and breezed through five frames before running into trouble in his final inning of work. The Astros did all of the damage against him in the sixth inning, loading the bases with only one out before Carlos Correa delivered a sacrifice fly and ensuing batter Yuli Gurriel smacked an RBI single to center field. The 32-year-old righty finished with three strikeouts and also walked three batters. He’ll carry a pedestrian 4.01 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 124/43 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Yankees on Thursday. He’s an extremely risky fantasy proposition outside of deeper mixed leagues in that extremely tough matchup.
MLB Betting Trends
The Yankees are 11-1 in Tanaka’s last 12 starts and are 4-1 in his last five outings on the road.
The A’s have now won 74 of their last 109 games played in Oakland.
The Yankees are just 7-20 in their last 26 meetings with the A’s in Oakland and have now dropped five of their last six road games when facing an opponent with a winning record. The A’s, meanwhile, have won 11 of their last 13 games when playing the third game of a series and are 9-2 in their last 11 games versus an opponent from the American League East.
The Pick: Oakland A’s -105