It took all 9 innings, but the Yankees ultimately made it past the Baltimore Orioles last night. A poor performance by J.A. Happ nearly snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Yankees at Camden Yards. The offense came up big, though, capped off by a 3-run blast by Gary Sanchez in the top of the 9th inning. Offensively the Yankees started out slowly, as they had just 1 run up on the board going into the 6th inning. That changed in a hurry, though, as the Yankees put up 9 runs between the 6th to the top of the 9th.
Andrew Cashner had the Yankees’ lineup feeling the heat, but in an instant that changed. He started to struggle after he started recycling through their lineup. It was really the bullpen who was to blame for things getting out of control, though. Cashner exited after allowing 3 earned runs and he got pulled before the house came crashing down around him. Mychal Givens tossed gasoline on the fire, as he was responsible for 5 of the 10 runs scored by the Yankees last night.
With the win, the Yankees added their ninth straight win over the Orioles in Baltimore. It continues a streak of dominance over the O’s by the Yankees. The Orioles fell to 15-32 on the season after blowing their lead Monday. They’re in danger of slipping into last place in the majors. Trading Manny Machado last season pretty well guaranteed that this was going to be a difficult season in Baltimore. It’s expected and likely isn’t going to get better. The Yankees were able to put a full game of separation between themselves and the Rays last night. The Rays were inactive, allowing the Yankees to move up slightly in the AL East.
I don’t want to speak too soon, but I’m under the impression that the Rays most realistic shot of going to the postseason is going to be by grabbing a wildcard. They also have to deal with the Red Sox who are likely going to get hot eventually. Domingo German will get his turn to start tonight, while the O’s are expected to opt for David Hess on the bump. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Orioles pick.
N.Y. Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick:
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Domingo German has developed into quite the option for the Yankees this season. After a disappointing season in 2018 as he made his first starts as a major league pitcher, German has seemed to work pretty hard in the offseason to improve his game. In nine starts, he’s already racked up 8 wins on the season.
There are some pitchers that would be happy with 8 wins all season long. German carries a record of 8-1 and 2.50 ERA into Baltimore this evening. He’s allowed more than 3 runs in a start only once this season which came against the Giants in San Francisco. In his previous three outings, he has posted a 2.41 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.
He’s already faced the Orioles twice this season, including a stop in Baltimore at Camden Yards. That went well as he allowed 2 hits and 2 runs in a monster blowout by a score of 15-3 for the Yankees. In his other start, which is his most recent, German was fantastic again in a 3-1 win over the O’s He gave up only 1 run across 6 innings, along with 8 strikeouts. The Orioles are hitting just .200 with only 1 RBI against him in 49 at-bats.
Then there is David Hess for the Orioles. He has been a launching pad for Yankees’ hitters at the dish. In 74 at-bats, the Yankees are in the double digits with 10 home runs against Hess. Gleyber Torres has been the real winner, as he’s smacked 3 of them with a .429 batting average.
Hess enters with an ERA of 5.02 and 1.40 WHIP in his previous three starts. In two outings against the Yanks this season, he’s given up 8 earned runs in 11 innings. I don’t foresee it getting any better for him tonight. The Yankees had to mount a big comeback to win last night. I don’t see it being that difficult in this one. Expect the Yankees to win again by multiple runs Tuesday night.