New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics: A High-Scoring Night Benefiting Sean Murphy & Josh Donaldson in Our MLB Saturday Prop Bet

New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics Predictions

Key Stat: Josh Donaldson has been playing well lately

Tip Reasoning

  • The Athletics have one of the worst defensive stats in the MLB
  • The Yankees won’t always rely on Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton
  • Josh Donaldson went off for 4 runs on Thursday

The New York Yankees seem to be picking up some pace recently which led them to a 5-game winning streak. On Saturday, they will try to get a third consecutive victory over the underdogs from Oakland. They might have taken their foot off the gas on Friday as they went scoreless in every inning except for 5th. However, the top contenders from the American League did the minimum to get a 3-2 win in the end at Coliseum. We saw an interesting discrepancy on Thursday when they completely rattled down the Athletics defeating them, 4-13 with Josh Donaldson finishing off the game with 4 runs.

The 36-year-old third baseman has been part of the MLB since 2010 when he signed with the OAK Athletics. He then went on a decent run with the TOR Blue Jays before spending some time in Cleveland, Atlanta, and Minnesota. In 2022, Donaldson has been acquired by the Yankees in an attempt to bring some experience and versatility to their up-and-coming squad. However, he might be disappointing so far, but every now and then he tends to remind us of his best years in the MLB. Even though he goes scoreless in the majority of the matches this season, we think that he can break Adam Oller (2-6) who has been struggling all season long averaging a 6.41 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. Hence, we are reluctant to give you the following pick: Josh Donaldson – Over 0.5 Runs.

Tip Reasoning

Key Stat: Sean Murphy is the one to watch in Oakland

  • Sean Murphy comes only behind Seth Brown in Athletics’ HRs standings
  • Murphy is a top-tier catcher with a .778 OPS
  • Domingo German (2-2) is not impressive this season

The Athletics have been struggling offensively all season long. With just 3.35 runs per game to their name, the team from Oakland cannot really expect much from the current campaign. However, sitting in the last place in the American League certainly gives them motivation to grow and put an end to their misery. The 27-year-old Sean Murphy seems to be one of their ways out from their current situation. With 16 home runs to his name, he ranks 2nd in Oakland behind Seth Brown, but he tends to be more consistent than his teammate.

Sean Murphy can be considered a top-tier catcher with his .778 OPS this year. His batting average of .285 ranks him 85th in the overall standings as he has already improved his stats from the previous season. Moreover, facing off Domingo German (2-2) might give him some extra boost of confidence as the Yankees’ pitcher has been feeling off in 2022. Having in mind that Sean Murphy went scoreless in his last three appearances, we think that it’s high time he unleashed his potential against the 2nd-best team in the American League. Hence, we will trust him to score a run on Saturday night and give his team a slight hope of winning the game.

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