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Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees Betting Preview

Monday starts a matchup of the worst record in baseball versus the best as the Oakland Athletics (25-49) take on the New York Yankees (53-20). New York will host this one at Yankee Stadium Monday, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm ET.

Despite their poor record, the A’s managed to take two of three from the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, including Sunday’s finale 5-3. In the victory, Seth Brown went two for four, including a home run.

For the Yankees, they are coming off of an exciting series of two of the best AL teams as they split a four-game series with the Houston Astros. After being no-hit on Saturday, they bounced back to beat Houston 6-3 on Sunday.

When the game went into extra innings, Aaron Judge was the hero as he hit a three-run home run in the 10th to walk it off. Giancarlo Stanton and D.J. LeMahieu also homered in the win.

The Yankees are overwhelming favorites playing at home Monday. They are -300 to win while the A’s moneyline sits at +245. The runline features Oakland +1.5 (+126), and the over/under for total runs is 8.5.

A’s Looking For Major Upset

After the Oakland A’s traded away superstars like Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, and Sean Manaea this past offseason, it was no surprise to anyone that they would struggle this year. At 25-49, though, they not only have the worst record in all of baseball, but they also sit 21 games back already in the AL West.

Still, after winning back-to-back games heading into this series, they will look to pull off a major upset by taking the first game of this series Monday.

Taking the mound for Oakland will be 28-year-old righty Paul Blackburn. A possible trade piece as the deadline approaches, Blackburn is 6-3 in 14 games with a 2.97 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, and he has 55 strikeouts in 75.2 innings of work.

Blackburn was roughed up a bit in his last outing against the Seattle Mariners. In just four innings of work, he gave up seven runs on ten hits and two walks. Prior to that, he had given up just one run in his previous 13.1 innings.

Oakland’s best hitter to this point has been the first baseman Seth Brown. After his home run on Sunday, he is now hitting .226/.286/.443 with a team-leading ten home runs and 36 runs batted in.

Sean Murphy has also performed admirably. Despite hitting .222/.296/.397, he has eight home runs, 30 runs batted in, and 25 runs scored.

Yankees Look To Reset After Emotional Weekend

If you had watched the Yankees series against the Astros, there was certainly a playoff atmosphere to it. With significant highs and lows for the Yankees over the weekend, it was an emotional rollercoaster that ended on a good note as they walked off the finale to split the series.

After such an emotional series, though, it will be interesting to see how they come out against a struggling Oakland team.

Trying to add another tally to the win column will be 29-year-old lefty Jordan Montgomery. In 14 games, Montgomery is 3-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.02 WHIP, and he has 58 strikeouts in 78.2 innings.

In his last three starts, he is a combined 2-0 and has given up just six earned runs in a combined 19 innings of work. He took a no-decision in his last outing against the Rays, giving up four earned runs in six innings on nine hits.

Aaron Judge continues to just dominate offensively. As the current favorite to win the MVP this season (-125), Judge is hitting a ridiculous .294/.370/.643 with a team-leading 28 home runs, 56 runs batted in, and 59 runs scored.

Against Blackburn, the Yankees’ sluggers have limited success, albeit in a small sample. They are a combined 8 for 17, but they have not homered off of the righty, and only Jose Trevino has a single RBI against Blackburn.

Take New York To Win And Cover

There just isn’t much to like about the Oakland A’s in this one. Not only are they 5-15 in their last 20 games, but they are 3-6 in their last nine against the Yankees.

Furthermore, New York has been absolutely dominant at home. At Yankee Stadium, they are currently 31-9 this season.

Expect the Yankees to not only win this game but to make it a route as well. For that reason, take New York to win and to cover the -1.5 runline (-152).

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