J. A. Happ (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. John Means (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The New York Yankees are back to business after missing out on their series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Miami Marlins had several positive coronavirus tests while playing in Philadelphia, so the Yankees were unable to use that locker room. While Citizens Bank Park gets deep cleaned, the Yankees have moved on to Baltimore.
By the sounds of it, the Yankees and Phillies will play each other four times next week to make up for loss of games. The Phillies were scheduled to play the Marlins, but will be replaced with the Yankees. As of today, there are 16 players on the Marlins that have tested positive for the virus.
The Marlins hope to return to action on Monday, but we’ll have to see how things unfold with the testing. There will have to be enough players that test negative to get back on the team back on the field. Not many people will notice if the Marlins just go away and fold up shop for the season.
However, if a widespread outbreak happens for a major contender, then we have a wee bit of a problem. Games will have to be made up at the end of the season if that’s the case. God forbid if multiple contenders experience outbreaks at the same time. I’d be surprised if the Marlins aren’t the only team that has to deal with something like this, though.
The Yankees might have dodged a bullet by avoiding their series against the Phillies. They were back out on the diamond at Camden Yards on Wednesday with an impressive effort. The Yankees came out swinging early with a couple of early runs in the top of the 1st inning. DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks all had 2 RBI’s to lead the Yankees offensively.
Gerrit Cole was just okay for the Yankees, as he surrendered 4 hits and 3 earned runs in 6.2 innings. For a guy of his stature that’s just okay for Cole. J. A. Happ is scheduled to get his first start of the season on Thursday. The same will go for John Means, who was supposed to pitch earlier but he was dealing with an arm injury. Head below for our free New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles pick for July 30, 2020 in MLB.
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The Orioles wanted to get John Means involved earlier in the season, but an arm injury prevented him from getting the greenlight. He also missed a scheduled exhibition match prior to the regular season. The Orioles are confident that 27-year-old Means can build on the success that he had last season. After appearing in 3.1 innings in 2018, the Orioles took the training wheels off Wheels last season. He received 27 starts and four outings as a reliever out of the bullpen.
Means compiled an ERA of 3.60 and 1.14 WHIP for a more than respectable effort in his first season as a full-time member of the Orioles’ rotation. The Yankees have scored 10 runs against Means in 43 at-bats. Gary Sanchez and DJ LeMahieu have both gone deep off Means. I think the Yankees can keep their bats hot at Camden Yards on Thursday against Means. He will likely be on a pitch count after returning from his arm injury.
J. A. Happ has been unsuccessful against the Orioles in the past. Of all teams, Happ has struggled to get outs against the Orioles. In his career against this roster, the O’s are hitting .281 with 7 home runs and 20 runs in 106 at-bats. Renato Nunez has done a number on Happ, with 4 home runs and 8 runs in 19 at-bats. He’s also hitting .579 with a .619 OBP versus Happ.
There wasn’t another team in the majors that was as good as the Orioles against Happ. He had an ERA of 6.85 in 22.1 innings against Baltimore. Overall in 2019, Happ notched a 4.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP, which is off from his career ERA of 3.99. I don’t know if the Orioles are going to keep up with the Yankees’ offense in this one, but Happ likely gives them the best chance of pulling off an upset. I anticipate a high-scoring game, so the OVER is certainly worth some consideration on Thursday night at Camden Yards.