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Yankees: My not nice series prediction vs. Oakland

The Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athl...

The Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics baseball and Oakland Raiders football teams (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The truth, we are told, sometimes hurts and this weekend, Yankees Universe will have to face some.

As the New York Yankees brooms might have worked in Seattle this week vs. The Mariners, but the real test will be this weekend as they face the tough, AL leading Oakland Athletics (40-26) for a three game set.

The A’s took two of three games from the Yankees in the Bronx less than 10 days ago, and the one loss came with Tanaka on the hill.

My prediction is the Yankees will get swept by the Athletics, and here is why.

Yankees Pitching:

Unfortunately, Tanaka, and Chase Whitley will be watching, and not starting during this series at O.co Coliseum. The two don’t walk batters at all, and the A’s are walking machines leading the AL with 280 on the season.

Instead, the Yankees will have to win behind the shaky arms of David Phelps, Hiroki Kuroda and Vidal Nuno, which only makes the task that much harder.

So far this season, the A’s bats lead the AL in runs (336), RBIs (317), walks (280), OBP (.333) and have the second most homers with 77 and total bases (946).

Yankees Offense:

The Yankees offense did pick up a little in Seattle, considering they finally scored six runs in a game and up until yesterday that had not been done since May 28th.

They might be sans Jacoby Ellsbury, who exited last night’s affair in the 7th inning with tightness in his right hip. Knowing skipper Joe Girardi you have to presume he will be unavailable at least for tonight, if not longer.

Ellsbury is on a 16-game hitting streak, the longest a Yankees center fielder has had since 2007. Over these 16-games, he is posting a .381 batting average with two homers, 12 RBIs and seven steals, so losing his bat is going to hurt badly.

And don’t forget that the A’s share their home with the Oakland Raiders, and the field has tremendously wide foul territories, which means foul balls that normally land in the stands turn into an out.

Like their batters, the A’s pitching also is dominating the AL. Batters have the lowest average vs. Oakland arms at .221. They have allowed the least homers (53) and earned runs (190) in the AL so far this season.

Well, thank goodness the Yankees don’t like to hit for those fans that enjoy quick ballgames because you could be in for a real treat this weekend.

My Final Thoughts:

The bottom line is the Yankees sweeping Seattle is no big sign of anything other than something that is supposed to happen.

But this Oakland series should be tough to win for both teams. But unless some miracle occurs from now until the first pitch tonight, losing could prove to be way too easy for the Yankees to carry out against the best teams.

My prediction is if the Yankees can win one of the three games vs. the A’s it will be because Kuroda pitches a gem on Saturday night, and they avoid the sweep. Otherwise, get ready for an ugly weekend.

11 Comments

  1. Pete says:

    You should keep your day job and leave predictions to others. 4 straight and the offense is still limping along.

  2. Pete says:

    "My prediction is the Yankees will get swept by the Athletics, and here is why."

    Then:

    My prediction is if the Yankees can win one of the three games vs. the A’s it will be because Kuroda pitches a gem on Saturday night, and they avoid the sweep. Otherwise, get ready for an ugly weekend.

    So what is your 3rd prediction? You are a piece of work!!!

    • LLP says:

      What I had meant Pete was that the Yankees would get swept unless Kuroda pitched a gem on Saturday night….but he was finished along with the light bulbs that blew out.

      The 2nd prediction…I should have been more clear and said the only shot teh Yankees have at getting one win would be off Kuroda.

  3. Richard says:

    By now you bknow that I'm never surprised at what you write nor the depth of your analysis.

    1. The shaky Yankees indeed got swept at home by the surging Mariners so HOW could you write that you expected us to sweep them in Seattle? This defies all sorts of intellectual integrity.

    2. What do foul balls have to do with anything other than lowering Oakland's team ERA?

    3. Game 1 vs Oakland WIN!!! Your BFF did very well. Kuroda and Nuno pitched very well last outing ( it's the offense duh)

    4. Your predictions, uh , speak for themselves.

    • LLP says:

      I will answer each of your points accordingly:

      1 – Because the Yankees have a better team…that should sweep a team like Seattle.

      2 – The wider dimensions opens the door to what would normally be a foul ball going into the seats to turn into an out.

      3 – Guess my overall perdition was correct as they lost two of three, but I did get the specific pitcher call was wrong/

      4 – Thank you Richard, as I was close to accurate this time.

      • Richard says:

        Do you read what your write? If the Yankees are a better team, then how did they get swept in NY? Your only as good as your record. No better.

        We all now about Oakland foul territory. So what????????

        Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn.

  4. Sina says:

    So far I see quite good chances for the team, the last games were not great but the team has a strong potential… – lets hope they will use it better for the next games..

    • LLP says:

      Sina – Your words are very kind and positive. Lets hope the Yankees players share your sentiments.

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