The Yankees (74-44) enter this series with Oakland 7.5 games up in the East, while the Athletics (52-65) are well out of the playoff race.
The Yanks swiped the first four games of the season series, and are 5-1 overall. These three games will be the last of the season, so the Yanks have already clinched the season series victory.
|Date:||Yankees starters||Athletics starters|
|10:05 p.m., Mon.||A.J. Burnett (10-5, 3.71)||Brett Tomko (1-2, 5.23)|
|10:05 p.m., Tues.||CC Sabathia (13-7, 3.64)||Vin Mazzaro (4-8, 5.54)|
|10:05 p.m., Wed.||Chad Gaudin (5-10, 5.13)||B. Anderson (7-8, 4.55)|
As Tyler Kepner pointed out, the A’s and Yanks have a little history of sharing players.
|Derek Jeter DH||Adam Kennedy 3B|
|Johnny Damon LF||Rajai Davis CF|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||Kurt Suzuki C|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B||Scott Hairston LF|
|Jorge Posada C||Ryan Sweeney RF|
|Robinson Cano 2B||Mark Ellis 2B|
|Nick Swisher RF||Jack Cust DH|
|Melky Cabrera CF||Bobby Crosby 1B|
|Ramiro Pena SS||Cliff Pennington SS|
The Yankees are the best team in baseball right now, and it’s hard to see them losing a series to a last place team. However, the Yankees have a very unfavorable matchup on Wednesday. I’d be willing to sacrifice it for a sweep of the Red Sox afterward.