The New York Yankees will welcome the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday to kick off a midweek series. The beginning of the series was supposed to come yesterday, but the game was postponed and Tuesday becomes the series opener. As the Yankees continue to get healthier after a banged up start, the Rays are looking in the rearview mirror and seeing how close the Yankees are. The idea here is that it’s only a matter of time before the Yanks take the AL East under control. It’s the Rays’ division at the moment, though, with the Rays clinging on with a half game lead.
The Rays might be thinking that their best chance of reaching the postseason is by winning a wildcard. They not only have to deal with the Yankees, but the Red Sox are heating up, so their early season lead may be in serious danger. With the Yankees hosting an inferior opponent, they may be out in front before the end of the week.
It’s impressive that the Yankees have been able to get by in solid fashion with a roster that consisted of minor leaguers for so long. Now that they are getting players back, don’t forget how valuable those guys were for the Yankees in April. The Yankees enter with wins in six of their previous eight games. The Orioles are sitting last in the AL East with a record of 14-26. You can forget about them in the race. We’ll see if Andrew Cashner has an answer for the Yankees on Tuesday. Conversely, J.A. Happ looks to block those plans. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Yankees pick.
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Andrew Cashner is still hanging around keeping his career afloat in Baltimore. He isn’t quite the same pitcher he was for a few years in San Diego, but he can still provide decent work here and there. Cashner was a victim of playing on a team with a bad offense, as he got zero run support from the Padres in his tenure there.
He hasn’t been on a good team during his career and the Orioles are no exception. The Orioles are averaging 3.98 runs per game and own one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball. That equals a tough time winning games for Baltimore. It shouldn’t get any easier against the Yankees in the Bronx on Tuesday.
J.A. Happ is coming off a standout performance against the Seattle Mariners, where he gave up just 1 hit with no runs in 5 innings. Happ is capable of outings like that, but there’s always the bad side with him.
He can be erratic at times, but expect him to be able to handle the Orioles. He has been improving with an ERA of 2.04 in his previous three outings. Cashier has been much worse on the road this season, with an ERA of 5.62 as opposed to a 2.45 at home. Opt for the Yanks here, as they win by 2 or more runs on Tuesday.