The powerful home run hitting New York Yankees will take their big bats out west for a seven-game road trip. Over the homestand, the Yankees were hitting long balls and getting quality pitching as they were able to go 5-1 during those six games against tough competition in the Angels and the Blue Jays. Also, Robinson Cano is on a career-high 21-game hitting streak. But, they head out to the Bay Area to take on arguably the second hottest team in the American League right now and it is really a surprise!
Yes, I am talking about the Oakland Athletics. The A’s have been one of the top teams in baseball when it comes to the home run department and it starts with ex-Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick who has 21 home runs. They have also seen young prospects come from trades they made in the offseason contribute to their success. Some of those names include starters Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone, as well as catcher Derek Norris.
The A’s are coming off a two-game split with the AL West leading Texas Rangers in the midst of their own pivotal six-game homestand. This will feel like a playoff series for the A’s over these four games because they want to show the rest of the baseball world they are for real and that they can be buyers at the trade deadline. In order to do so, they’ll have to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Yankees in their own ballpark dating back to 2010.
For this show, I talked with Sean Davis from SwinginAs.com about Oakland’s possible moves at the trade deadline, their surprising young bullpen arms, and his bold prediction of where the A’s will be when they come to the Bronx in September.