The Baltimore Orioles put more effort in last night than they did on Tuesday, but ultimately the result was the same. After getting blasted 11-4, the Orioles made it a 7-5 loss yesterday. It took a 2-run home run to pull the game within 2 runs, so the Yankees were feeling pretty confident all night long. The Yankees jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 2.5 innings and their lead was never really much of a threat.
Other than adding some runs late to avoid embarrassment, the Orioles were the weaker team for another night. Their best effort was in the series opener on Monday, which resulted in a 10-7 loss. It took a rally in the 9th inning by the Yankees to overcome a deficit. Since then it’s been all Yankees all the time.
The Bronx Bombers captured their fourth straight win and eighth win in their last nine games. They are feeling great at the moment and they aren’t even fully healthy. That’s probably the most dangerous thing about this team. Guys are heating up like Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres and they don’t even have Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton in the mix yet. Miguel Andujar elected for surgery, so his return is going to be a little more delayed.
We can include Did Gregorius in that group as well. If the Yankees had them healthy this season, I’m not sure any team in the majors would be ahead of them. Considering they’re a 31-17 ballclub currently, it’s a fair assessment. The Orioles are on the other end of the spectrum in several regards.
They are a 15-34 team going into Thursday and have lost five straight games. The O’s also have losses in eight of their previous ten outings. Not much of a shocker given what they’re working with in Baltimore. The cupboard has been emptied out for a rebuild and it’s not looking up from here. We’ll see if they can get a win to avoid a sweep Thursday afternoon. Head below for our free Yankees vs. Orioles pick.
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It’s Masahiro Tanaka’s turn in the rotation to get a shot at the Orioles in this series. With the offense having their bats on fire, pitching hasn’t had to be great for the Yankees to succeed in Baltimore. They head into the finale with 28 runs scored in three games. Going back to their game against the Rays, the Yankees have notched a total of 41 runs for an average of 10.25 runs scored per game in their previous four games. That is what you would call a hot offense. In their previous ten games, they’ve scored 7.12 runs per game against right-handed pitching.
Unfortunately for Dylan Bundy, he is a righty that is going to have to deal with this red-hot Yankees’ offense. The Yankees have smacked 10 home runs against Bundy, along with a .272 batting average and .366 OBP in 158 appearences at the plate.
Bundy goes into this contest with an ERA of 4.66 and 1.27 on the season. Tanaka counters with a 3.09 ERA and 1.40 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in his last three outings. He allowed 1 earned run in his first showing against Baltimore this season. It ultimately resulted in a 7-2 win for the Yanks on March 28th.
He’s been pitching well lately, with a 1.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in his last three outings. Bundy is not that good of a pitcher, though. It’s a bit of an outlier for him. He posted ERA’s of 4.24 and 5.45 the last two years and he was struggling before managing to give his numbers some relief lately.
I don’t foresee him keeping it going against the Yankees who have been tattooing everyone they see in Baltimore. It doesn’t help that the O’s bullpen is hideous. As a team their relievers have a collective ERA of 6.12 ERA. No reason to overthink this on Thursday afternoon. Look for the Yankees to wrap their time up in Baltimore with a sweep of the Orioles.