Yankees vs. Orioles MLB Pick – May 22nd

The New York Yankees will be looking for their tenth straight win in Baltimore tonight after blowing the Orioles out Tuesday. It took a lot more work in the series opener, as the Yankees needed a 9th inning comeback to complete the deal. However, the Yankees jumped all over the Orioles last night, as they used a 3-run 1st and 3rd inning to build up a 6-0 lead.

It was 9-0 going into the bottom of the 5th before the Orioles finally responded. Too late at that point with the Yankees already having 9 runs on the board. Gary Sanchez got the Yankees going in the 1st, connecting on a deep 3-run shot to essentially end the game early.

Sanchez has been swinging a hot bat as it was his second home run in two days. He has also gotten a hit in five of his last six games. When Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius make their return, this offense is going to be awfully scary. Aaron Judge isn’t far away as well, but reports suggest that he is never going to be playing at 100% this season. Judge playing at 85% is still going to be a dangerous bat, though.

The Rays and Red Sox can’t be glad to see the Yankees winning like this and they still don’t have their two biggest bats in the lineup. Stanton and Judge have been out, but despite that the Yankees are going into Wednesday with a record of 30-17.

Dan Straily must find a way to cool down this offense who have been destroying the ball recently. Straily has been off the mark this season, so I wouldn’t expect much out of him. Veteran and longtime Yankee, CC Sabathia, is expected to counter. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Orioles pick.

N.Y. Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick:

Betting Odds:

  • Moneyline: Yankees -235/Orioles +200
  • O/U: 10

Pitching Matchup:

  • CC Sabathia (2-1, 2.97 ERA)
  • Dan Straily (1-3, 8.51 ERA)

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I recall watching Dan Straily pitch in 2012-13 as an Athletic and thought that he had the potential to carve out a pretty decent career. He’s been able to accomplish that much, but some of his best days as a pitcher were when he was young. Straily unfortunately got bitten by the injury bug and it’s been a struggle to stay on the mound. He was able to stick around for the most of the last two years in Miami and did pretty well. Straily finished with an ERA of 4.26 in 2017 and 4.12 in 2018, which is more than enough to hold down a position in a major league rotation.

Straily has encountered a pretty big wall in April and May, though. His first year with the Orioles hasn’t gone particularly well. The losing culture in Baltimore has been rubbing him the wrong way, as he’s been putting up losing numbers on the bump in 2018. Straily will hope to improve on an ERA of 8.51 against the red-hot Yankee offense.

He enters with a 11.25 ERA, .425 OBA, and 2.25 WHIP in his previous three attempts. Camden Yards has been an absolutely disaster for him, as he is looking at a 11.78 ERA and 2.35 WHIP in 18.1 innings. One of those games was against the Yankees, as they smoked him for 5 hits and 5 runs in just 1.1 innings. Straily parlayed with the terrible Baltimore bullpen is likely going to lead to another big night for the Yankees’ bats. The Orioles are 29th with an ERA of 6.15 out of the bullpen. There are only two bullpens with an ERA above 6.00, the other being the Nationals.

There are only hope in this contest might be against Sabathia. He’s been adequate against the Orioles, as they’ve hit .257 with a .321 OBP against Sabathia in 148 at-bats. Sabathia has been sharp this season, but a lot of it has come at Yankee Stadium. His work on the road has been off the pace compared to at home. Sabathia holds a 1.71 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP at home, but that falls to 4.70 and 1.30 on the road. This is shaping up to be another high-scoring contest Wednesday, so the OVER is worth some consideration in Baltimore.

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Kyle E / Author

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