MLB Odds: Yankees Take on A’s in Elimination Wild Card

The MLB playoffs are here, and that means time for the ever-exciting Wild Card game. In the American League, the offensive juggernaut New York Yankees welcome the scrappy Oakland Athletics to Yankees Stadium for a winner-takes-all game. The Yankees have been among the MLB’s favorites all season long with the likes of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton clubbing homeruns at a record-breaking pace.

The Athletics, however, are a team that has had to fight every step of the way to make the playoffs. They have the third smallest payroll in the MLB, and have experienced so many injuries to their starting rotation that they’ve reverted to pitching by committee out of the bullpen most games. This is a true ‘haves versus have-nots’ matchup.

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The Yankees have had a firm hold on a playoff position for some time and went 9-4 to finish the regular season and clinch home field advantage in the Wild Card game. Meanwhile, the A’s split the season series with the Yankees 3-3, with both teams taking two of three at home. But Oakland will hope to continue riding the momentum that led to their playoff berth and overcome the Yankees’ homefield advantage. The game begins this Wednesday at 8:05 PM ET.

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