The 2016 Oakland Athletics complete their one and only regular season series in the Bronx today at 4:05 Pacific Time. After scratching out a 3-2 win Tuesday, and winning a zany 4/20 game Wednesday with a 5-2 margin, the Athletics will be looking for their second series sweep of the season behind lanky lefty Rich Hill. The Yankees counter with their third right handed starter of the set, with Luis Severino taking the mound.
The Athletics face their most notable position player injury adversity of the young season, after regular 3B Danny Valencia exited yesterday's contest with a hamstring strain. It is uncertain how long Valencia will miss, but he certainly will be out of action this evening. Starting at 3B in his stead is utility man Chris Coghlan. The full lineups for the match up are listed below:
|OAKLAND A'S||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Billy Burns - CF||Jacoby Ellsbury - CF|
|Mark Canha - 1B||Starlin Castro - 2B|
|Josh Reddick - RF||Carlos Beltran - RF|
|Jed Lowrie - 2B||Mark Teixeira - 1B|
|Stephen Vogt - C||Alex Rodriguez - DH|
|Chris Coghlan - 3B||Chase Headley - 3B|
|Khris Davis - DH||Aaron Hicks - LF|
|Coco Crisp - LF||Austin Romine - C|
|Marcus Semien - SS||Ronnie Torreyes - SS|
|Rich Hill - LHP||Luis Severino - RHP|
The A's look to break out the bats, as the team has not scored more than 6 runs in a game to this point. The A's have also not yielded more than 6 runs in a game. Jeremy Koo speaks more on this unique streak here. Notably, the players who have made the jump from the NL to the AL (1B Yonder Alonso, LF Kris Davis and Coghlan) have struggled with the transition. Davis joins Coghlan in the lineup tonight, from the DH spot, while Alonso gets the night off despite the Yankees pitching a righty, as Mark Canha gets a shot at 1B and the righty-righty matchup at the plate.
The oddsmakers slightly favor the Yankees in the matchup, with the A's being +117 on the money line. There are fewer things better in baseball than an A's upset victory over the Yankees, especially one that results in a series sweep. So let's have at it, shall we?!
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