Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees AL Wildcard MLB Betting Odds Preview

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The AL Wildcard game from the Major League Baseball Playoffs are set for Wednesday October 4th as the New York Yankees host the Oakland Athletics in a single elimination game. The Yankees and Athletics get things started from New York at 8PM Eastern Time and ESPN TV has the coast to coast broadcast.

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The current odds available for wagering at Oddsmaker sportsbook, where the bonuses are the best in the business has the home team New York Yankees favored by -170 odds with the return on the road underdog Oakland Athletics at +155 odds. Run total is set at 8 ½ runs. Starting for the Athletics will be Liam Henricks to face Yankees righthander Luis Severino.

The Athletics are going with a bullpen game in the Wildcard game. Hendriks will be featured in the opener role. Bullpen games have been commonplace in preseason games where each team will have relievers toss between one and three innings. This season the trend began in hopes of setting up favorable matchups for pitchers. The goal was not to allow opposing batters the opportunity to get more than two at bats maximum from any one pitcher. Advanced stats have show batters to hit at a higher average when seeing the same pitcher three or more times a game. Bullpen game relievers will pitch one up to three innings every other day.

Hendriks is 0-1 in 24 innings of relief work with an ERA of 4.12 and WHIP of 1.46. He has pitched exactly one inning each in his past seven outings giving up a total of no runs with four hits and two walks. Athletics were a big story during the All Star Break piling up wins after a slow start. They concluded the season with a 97-65 mark and are 47-35 on the road.

Severino enters the Wildcard game with a 19-8 record in 32 starts with an ERA of 3.39 and WHIP of 1.14. The righthander was a Cy Young Award candidate during the first half of the season but struggled post All Star Break. He has pitched well of late allowing four earned runs over his past three starts working 17 2/3rd innings. Severino had one home start against Oakland back in May giving up one run and five hits over six innings of a 6-2 victory.

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