Yankees’ Severino Faces A’s ‘Opener’ in Wild-Card Game

Day two of the MLB postseason kicks off against as the Oakland A’s take on the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card game.

The Oakland A’s finished the 2018 season with a 97-65 record in the AL West placing them just six games behind the Houston Astros.

The New York Yankees finished the season with a 100-62 record in the AL East placing them eight games behind the Boston Red Sox.

Both teams have finished the season with some impressive plays both with a glove and with a bat.

The wild card matchup kicks off at 8:08 PM October 3rd, at Yankee Stadium.

Oakland A’s:

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The Athletics have elected to have right-hander Liam Hendriks on the mound for game one.

For the Athletics this season, Hendriks has posted a 4.13 ERA with 22 strikeouts during his short time as a starting pitcher.

Per ESPN, Hendriks may last just the first inning with possibilities of appearing in the second.

The so-called opener technique is familiar in the league as the Tampa Bay Rays approached a very similar strategy throughout their season. The Athletics used this technique nine times in September and went 4-5 with a 1.86 ERA.

The Athletics will have about 10 pitchers once Hendriks is finished, the list includes starter Edwin Jackson, and Mike Fiers alongside relievers Fernando Rodney, Jeurys Familia, Shawn Kelley and closer Blake Treinen.

Treinen was 9-2 this season with 38 saves and a 0.78 ERA.

Offensively, the Athletics have been led by none other than outfielder Khris Davis. Davis currently leads the league with 48 HRs which is also a team high for the Athletics.

Alongside a beautiful showcase of his power and hitting ability, Davis has also showcased his ability to drive in runs with a total of 123 RBIs this season.

Alongside Davis, third baseman Matt Chapman has been consistent with a .278 batting average for Oakland along with 24 HRs and 68 RBIs.

New York Yankees:

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On the mound for the Yankees is the right-handed ace, Luis Severino.

This season, Severino has accumulated 19 wins along with a 3.39 ERA with a whopping 220 strikeouts for the Yankees.

Severino has some postseason experience as he has made four starts posting a 1-1 record with a 5.63 ERA. Last season, Severino started against the Minnesota Twins last season in the wild-card game, he recorded one strikeout and allowed three runs.

If and only if Severino struggles against the Athletics, the Yankees are likely to have Happ and Tanaka in the bullpen.

Offensively, the Yankees have been led by Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton started off the season rough after being acquired from the Miami Marlins.

However, Stanton quickly rose to the challenge and showed Yankees fans his ability to blast home runs. His season total was an impressive 38 HRs on the season which leads the Yankees organization alongside his home run total, Stanton has also recorded 100 RBIs while maintaining a .266 batting average.

Alongside Stanton, Miguel Andujar has maintained a .297 ERA this season along with recorded 27 HRs and 92 RBIs both numbers are impressive improvements after his quiet rookie season.

Both teams have impressive members in both the infield and outfield alongside some heavy and aggressive hitters. The game will be interesting as both teams are approaching this game quite differently within the bullpen.

Prediction: Yankees 6 – Athletics 4

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