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Yankees vs. Athletics: Series Preview

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It’s time to start another winning streak.

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After winning eight games in a row, the Yankees’ streak came to a halt last night. It would have been fun to see them sweep the Red Sox, but a series victory is nice too. More importantly, the Yankees have won 17 of their last 19 games. Tonight they’ll start the last series of this homestand. Here’s a look at what to expect from the probable pitching matchups against Oakland.

Game 1: Sonny Gray vs. Kendall Graveman

This will be Gray’s first time facing his former team since he was traded to New York last year. After a rocky start to the season, he seems to have turned a corner lately. Gray held Cleveland to just two runs off of four hits through six innings during his last outing. He also held the Astros to just two runs last week. Hopefully he can build on that tonight. Kendall Graveman will make the start for Oakland. He surrendered a whopping 28 earned runs over his first six starts, which earned him a trip to Triple-A. This will be his first major league start since April 25th.

Game 2: Domingo German vs. Andrew Triggs

Talk about an incredible first career start. German tossed six no-hit innings on Sunday before he was pulled because of his pitch count. With nine strikeouts and two walks, German lowered his ERA to 2.66 with 1.13 WHIP. While we can’t expect him to be that sharp every outing, it does look like the rotation will be okay without Jordan Montgomery. German will face off against Andrew Triggs. The right-hander is coming off of a great performance (1 ER, 9 K) against Baltimore, but then again, the Orioles have been awful. Remember when Aaron Judge crushed his first grand slam last year? That ball was served up by Triggs. More of that during this series, please.

Game 3: Luis Severino vs. Brett Anderson

New York’s ace will take the mound on Sunday to wrap up this series. During his last start, Severino struck out 11 Red Sox batters on the team’s way to a 3-2 victory. Prior to that, he threw a complete game shutout against Houston. Sevy has been absolutely dominant through the first month and a half of the season, pitching to a 2.21 ERA. The same cannot be said for Brett Anderson. The lefty was destroyed by the Astros earlier this week. He gave up seven earned runs through just three innings of work. That was only his second start of the season, which blew his ERA up to 8.68.