The Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees will both have depleted bullpens heading into their respective games Friday.
The A’s prevailed 3-2 in 18 innings Thursday to complete a three-game sweep of the Bronx Bombers. Both teams gassed seven pitchers in the affair.
The A’s get to sleep in their own beds Thursday night before hosting the Seattle Mariners, while the Yankees make the short trip to duel with the Los Angeles Angels Friday.
The Yankees will have a very tired bullpen against a well-rested Angels squad. New York got a lackluster effort from starter Phil Hughes Wednesday night, who pitched only 4 1/3 innings before handing the ball over. The Yankees were then forced to use four relievers in the 5-2 loss to the A’s, making it two consecutive nights that the bullpen has seen a heavy workload.
New York will send Andy Pettitte, who has been dealing with back issues this season, to the mound Friday. If he can't go at least six innings, the Angels (-125) could be a good bet with the Yankee pen ailing. The veteran lefty is 14-11 in 31 career starts against the Halos but has a lofty 4.49 ERA.
The A’s (-199) will send Tom Milone to the hill Friday and should be in better shape than the Yankees. The lefty has pitched at least seven innings in his last two starts, surrendering only three earned runs over the pair of outings.