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The magic of the MLB postseason is upon, or at least it will be as soon as we get beyond the two tiebreaker games being played on Monday afternoon.

The National League playoff race has been tight from start to finish, so it is perhaps no real surprise that we need an extra game to decide who wins the Central and West divisions. Once we know the outcome of those games, we will have a clearer picture of how things will play out in the NL.

Things are a little different over in the American League, where the postseason combatants have been set in stone for quite some time. The Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros will meet in the ALDS, while the Boston Red Sox will play the winner of the AL Wild Card Game, which is set to go on Tuesday night.

It will be the New York Yankees hosting the Oakland A’s for the shot at moving on to play the team that finished the season with the best record in baseball.

AL Wild Card: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees

Game Information

🏆: AL Wild Card Game: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees
⚾: Liam Hendriks (R) vs Luis Severino (R)
⏰: Wed. Oct 3, 2018 8:00 PM ET
🏟️: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY
📺: TBS, DTV: 247
🎰: Opening MLB: -185

Why bet on the Oakland Athletics

The Oakland A’s delivered a fantastic second half that saw them push the Houston Astros all the way in the West. It was a run that they were unable to sustain, with the champions showing their experience and class in the closing weeks of the season, pulling away and leaving the A’s 6 games out at the end.

The A’s run also came up a little short in the race for the Wild Card, which is why they are on the road to the Yankees instead of facing them at home, with 3 games being the final margin of victory for the Yankees. Oakland were outstanding on the road this season, going 47-34, although they did end with a losing record at Yankee Stadium, going 1-2 in their 3 games played there this season. While their runs surrendered was almost exactly the same as the Yankees this season, the A’s scored 38 fewer runs over the course of the regular season.

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Why bet on the New York Yankees

The Yankees came into the season with the goal of winning the East, but they ended up having to play second fiddle to a dominant Boston Red Sox team, eventually finishing 8 games off the pace.

The Yankees ended the regular season with a loss, but that can be excused when you consider that they were probably looking ahead to this one. That loss aside, the Yankees finished the season strong, winning 7 of their last 10 games. They made the most of their home games this year, going 53-28 in the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium, which is why they need to be considered the favorite to move on and face their bitter rivals in the NLDS.

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

There was very little between these two in previous meetings this season, with the 6 games played being evenly split. It was the home team that came out on top in the 2 series that that they played, which is why the slight edge needs to go to the Yankees.

Predicted Score: Oakland A’s 4 New York Yankees 5

AL Wild Card: Oakland Athletics at New York Yankees Winner