After going 5-4 on the road trip including a 3-2 record on the West coast swing, the Yankees return home to face off against a familiar foe, the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are currently 7 games behind the Rays in the AL East, and if you want to know why, look no further than their respective record against the O’s. Tampa went 18-1 against Baltimore whereas the Bombers are just 8-5 against the cellar dwelling birds. With the way the Yankees are playing and where they currently stand in the postseason picture, anything less than a sweep should be considered a failure this series.
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The Yankees are back in the Bronx and start a three game series against the Orioles this evening. The toughest stretch of the team’s schedule (to date) is over, and now, the Bombers have a pretty light schedule upcoming. It’s time to clean up and make some of the teams ahead of them in the standings feel some heat.
Nothing short of a sweep will be satisfactory here. The Orioles are the doormat of the American League and should be handled accordingly. Sure, the Birds are 6-4 over their last ten games, but there’s really no excuse to drop a game here. Let’s catch up with the Orioles right after the break.
The Yankees and Orioles meet up for a three game series in Baltimore this weekend. Beautiful Camden Yards, or should I say Yankee Stadium south, will be the venue for this set. The Yanks just wrapped up a pretty difficult stretch in the schedule, so facing the last place Orioles should be a reprieve. The Bombers went 6-3 against the Astros, Nationals, and Rays over the last week or so. Still some kinks to work out, but things are going well heading into this weekend.
These two teams have already faced each other seven times, with the Yankees holding the season series advantage, 4-3. The Bombers took two-of-three from the O’s at Yankee Stadium in early April, but later split a four game set at Camden Yards just before the calendar flipped to May. Let’s hope for better this time around. Let’s break down the latest and greatest for the Orioles.
Up until this past weekend’s series against Cleveland, the only other series the Yankees had won this season was against the Orioles. Now, the Yankees meet Baltimore again, but this time at Camden Yards. It’s a four game set between two clubs tied for last place in the AL East with 9-12 records. The Orioles are destined to finish in the division’s cellar, whereas the Yankees should be able to climb out of it by the end of this series.
Break up the Orioles! Fresh off a sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park, Baltimore comes to Yankee Stadium for a three game series against the Yankees. Let’s take a look at the AL East’s first place and undefeated club.
Their story so far
The Orioles dismantled the Red Sox over the weekend, outscoring them 18-5. Boston isn’t supposed to be very good this year, but keep in mind that this is what’s expected to be an even worse Orioles team. A team that literally had zero percent odds of making the playoffs entering the 2021 campaign.
Baltimore’s rotation trio of Actually Good Pitcher John Means, a revived Matt Harvey (!), and Bruce Zimmermann (who?) confounded Red Sox hitters in this series. So did the Orioles’ bullpen. And it’s not like Boston is without any good bats. It’s a lineup that features Xander Bogaerts and JD Martinez, among others.
Means set the tone in the series after he pitched seven shutout frames in the opener. The left also allowed just one base hit. The Yankees will see him on Wednesday. Harvey and Zimmermann also fared well (10.2 innings, 5 runs combined), but the Yankees will miss those two.
Offensively, the Orioles didn’t hit much until yesterday’s 11 run outburst. It was the aforementioned pitching that beat Boston. But yesterday, the O’s blitzed Boston with a three run first frame and a seven run third inning to leave the Sox in the dust. Cedric Mullins was the star yesterday; he reached base in all six plate appearances.
Although Baltimore comes in to the Bronx on a high note, they’re not to be mistaken as some sort of upstart club. As you’ll see below in the team’s projected lineup and probable pitchers, there’s a reason this team is projected to finish in the AL East cellar. Facing the Orioles is a good opportunity for the Yankees to bounce back from the team’s stumble out of the gate against Toronto.