NEW YORK — The A's and Yankees announced their starting lineups for Wednesday night's American League Wild Card Game, with no real surprises on either side.
Nick Martini leads off for the A's, as he typically does against right-handed pitchers. The two-through-six spots also remain the same for Oakland. Rookie Ramon Laureano gets the nod over Marcus Semien in the seven spot, and Jonathan Lucroy rounds out the order.
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For the Yankees, former Giant Andrew McCutchen will lead off, which he has become accustomed to doing this season. Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit provide a ton of power in the middle of New York's order. The bottom of the lineup also has plenty of home run potential with Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Gary Sanchez lurking.
Earlier Wednesday, the teams released their full AL Wild Card Game rosters.
The Yankees announce their roster for tonight's AL Wild Card Game. pic.twitter.com/mIweITeOa3— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) October 3, 2018
Mark Canha likely will pinch-hit for the A's at some point if the Yankees bring in a left-hander out of the bullpen. Franklin Barreto also made Oakland's roster and could provide value as a pinch-runner late in the game.
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On the pitching side, Edwin Jackson is the only starter on the A's roster, meaning Oakland almost definitely will employ a full bullpen game. Jackson will provide as insurance for potential extra innings.
The Yankees carry three starting pitchers on their roster, which would seem to indicate that Luis Severino will be on a very short leash. New York also carries three catchers on their roster, along with some power and speed on the bench.