The New York Yankees torched the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 14-2 on Wednesday at Camden Yards. The win solidified an easy sweep for the Yankees, as they rumbled to their eighth straight victory. They’ve been on a tear with a record of 9-1 in their last nine games.
This is about the right time in the season to get hot, and the Yankees have been pouring it on lately. There was no hangover whatsoever after sweeping the Red Sox. They turned around and did the same to the Orioles as well. The Yankees will stay on the road and fly to Toronto with a record of 75-39.
That puts them in a tie with the Astros with 75 wins. However, the Astros have played one more game than the Yankees at this point. What an ALCS it’d be if the Yankees and Astros meet in October. It’d be a series highlighted by offense of the Yankees against an elite rotation of the Astros.
Having said that, the Astros are talented offensively as well, so if you are looking for the more rounded team, you are going to find that in Houston. While the Yankees put an eight-game winning streak on the line in Toronto tonight, the Astros open a series against the Orioles in Baltimore tomorrow night.
If the Orioles play like they did against the Yankees, it’s going to be easy pickings for the ‘Stros as well. The Blue Jays head home for the weekend following two wins in Tampa Bay against the Rays. That was a nice chance for the Rays to get a sweep against an inferior opponent at home but they whiffed.
Give credit to the Jays, who have been playing decent baseball despite the criticism at the trade deadline. The effort has been spearheaded by Bo Bichette, who became the first major league hitter to begin his career with ten extra base hits. The Jays are going to need more than just Bichette hitting tonight against the Yanks. In any case, he and Vlad. Jr are likely to be a force for years to come. Get our free Yankees vs. Blue Jays pick below.
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The New York Yankees most certainly have some talented pitchers in their rotation, but comparing them to the Astros is a lost cause. It isn’t really close you put the Yankees’ pitching staff up against the Astros. Domingo German is one of the more talented pitchers that the Yankees have in their stable. He’s been adequate with an ERA of 3.98 and other than a couple of outliers, German has held up well.
A start in which he surrendered 7 earned runs to the Royals and 8 against the Twins skews his numbers up considerably. Take those out and his 3.98 ERA looks much better. German has gotten a ton of sun support this season, as he carries a record of 14-2 into Rogers Centre tonight. Also playing in his favor on Thursday is his opponent.
The Blue Jays have historically struggled terribly against German. They are hitting just .157 in 34 at-bats against German. No one has gone deep on him and Toronto have notched a total of only 2 runs. Having never faced Bichette, we can’t forget about him and his potential in this game, though. However, I’m still confident in German pitching adequately enough to allow his offense to go to work against Thomas Pannone.
Pannone has surrendered at least 4 runs in three of his previous outings. He heads into this contest with an ERA of 5.51 in his last 16.1 innings pitched. The Yankees have been swinging the bats well, with an average of 9 runs scored in their previous six games. When they are hot, they’re hot, and not many pitchers have the ability to slow them down. Look for the Jays to hit a snag after they had a few nice days in Tampa. They might make this game interesting for a bit, but the Yankees likely pull away.