Oakland A’s look to continue hot streak after sweep of Halos

Matthew Cataruzolo
Jun 16, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano (22) celebrates with first baseman Matt Olson (28) after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano (22) celebrates with first baseman Matt Olson (28) after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Oakland A’s (43-27) sweep the Los Angeles Angels (33-35) to extend win streak to six.

The Oakland A’s managed to complete the sweep of the Angels at home after an 8-4 victory on Wednesday night.

After staving off superstar Shohei Ohtani, one of the leading AL MVP candidates who has mashed 19 home runs while simultaneously posting a 2.85 ERA this season, the A’s took advantage of the still Mike Trout-less Angels.

RBI’s from Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Mark Canha, Chad Pinder, Tony Kemp, and the return of Ramon Laureano got the job done in Oakland. The A’s now have a comfortable 2.5 game lead in the AL West, and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. They are now 12-2 so far in the month of June.

Now one of the hottest teams in baseball, the A’s look to continue the winning streak against the underwhelming New York Yankees, who have posted a record barely above .500 at 35-32.

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The A’s will enjoy an off day before heading to the Bronx on Friday. The Yankees announced Tuesday that the Oakland series will be the first played in front of a full capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After being the leading American League World Series favorite at +550 prior to the season starting, the Yankees have struggled mightily in several aspects of the game.

The Bombers look to complete a much needed sweep of their division rival Toronto Blue Jays tonight in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pitched eight innings last night in a 3-2 victory in Buffalo, so the A’s likely will not have to face him in this upcoming three game set. A sigh of relief considering the Yankees’ rotation behind Cole has been less than spectacular.

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With injuries to Corey Kluber and Luis Severino‘s rehabbing process delayed by a groin injury last week, the Oakland A’s could look to take advantage of a struggling rotation.

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