The 2022 MLB season continues Wednesday, June 29, with the three-game series finale at Yankee Stadium in New York, so we have prepared the best Athletics vs. Yankees betting pick along with the latest odds update on FanDuel NY.
The Yankees beat the Athletics 9-5 last Monday in their first encounter of the season, while the middle contest of this set has been excluded from the analysis. New York is a heavy moneyline fave to win Wednesday’s closer.
The Athletics blew a big lead in Monday’s opener
The Oakland Athletics were searching for their third consecutive victory last Monday. The A’s had a 5-1 lead over the Yankees at the end of the third inning, but their pitching staff just couldn’t hold on, allowing eight runs through the final six frames.
Oakland fell to 25-50 on the season, and the rebuilding Athletics have lost seven of their previous ten games overall. They hold the worst record in the majors, while Oakland’s minus-111 run differential was the worst in baseball, too.
Cole Irvin will take the hill Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, looking to avoid his fourth consecutive loss. He’s allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 16 hits and five walks over his previous three starts and 17.1 innings of work. The 28-year-old left-hander is 2-5 with a 3.29 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 47/17 K/BB ratio in 12 starts (68.1 innings) this season.
The Yankees added a couple of homers to their ridiculous tally
The New York Yankees improved their MLB-best record to 54-20 following Monday’s victory over the Athletics. Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run each, increasing the Yankees’ season tally to a whopping 123 no-doubters.
New York boasts the highest-scoring offense in baseball, tallying 5.08 runs per game. The Yankees also have the highest OPS in the majors (.759), while their pitching staff holds the second-lowest ERA in the MLB (2.97).
Jameson Taillon will take the mound Wednesday and try to bounce back from his last week’s encounter with the Houston Astros. The 30-year-old righty was obliterated for six earned runs on ten hits across 5.2 frames of work, though the Yankees eventually beat the Astros 7-6. Taillon is now 8-1 with a 3.19 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 14 starts (79 innings) in 2022.
- 3-7 in the last ten games overall
- 0-8 in Cole Irvin’s last eight starts
- 14-4 in the last 18 games overall
- 6-0 in Jameson Taillon’s last six starts
Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees Pick
I won’t overthink this clash because the hosts shouldn’t have any problems beating the lowly Athletics. The moneyline odds on the Yankees are not tempting at all, so I’m backing them to beat the runline.
New York owns a 98 OPS+ against the left-handed starting pitchers this season. But even if Cole Irvin finds a way to keep the Bombers quiet, his relievers could easily ruin all the good work. The Athletics’ bullpen has amassed a pedestrian 4.62 ERA, 5.05 FIP, and 6.57 BB/9 in the last ten days and 37 innings of work.
Pick: Take New York Yankees -1.5
Jameson Taillon is coming through a rough patch, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he allows a few runs to the Athletics. He’s yielded 13 earned runs over his previous four starts (20.1 innings). Hereof, I’m going with the over on the totals, expecting the Yankees to hit hard and well against Oakland’s pitching staff.
Of course, the Yankees’ bullpen could be a problem. It has recorded a strong 2.52 ERA and .158 BABIP in the past ten days and 39.1 frames of work.
Pick: Go over