The Yankees are in a tailspin and are counting on their ace, Masahiro Tanaka, to win consecutive games for the first time in a while. The Yanks lost six straight before blasting the Orioles last night, 7-0. Despite the win, the Yankees look like a boat without their captain. Derek Jeter isn’t around to rally the troops. Alex Rodriguez is not a leader. He’s been a good player throughout his career, but A-Rod is not a guy that could demand the attention of the locker room. Rodriguez is a guy who just came off a full season suspension.
Mark Teixeira is another member of the Yankees who has the big name next to his number, however, he’s not a leader like Jeter provided for the Yankees for so long. Mariano Rivera retired, and then Jeter followed a couple years later. In any case, the Yanks need to find somebody to step up big. Tanaka has had a solid season, he isn’t part of the problem, which was a concern of sorts prior to the year. However, Tanaka has been able to stay healthy, so far anyway.
The six losses in a row put a dent in their record, as they are currently sporting a mark of 9-16. They face a Baltimore Orioles team tonight who is looking to bounce back after a poor effort last night. The pitching was no good and the offense couldn’t put a run up on the board. It’s been that way for them. They look like a different team from night to night.
The Orioles started off real well and then they leveled off a bit. After the loss last night, the O’s fell to 15-11 on the year. Kevin Gausman has been pitching well for Baltimore to start the season. He has looked special, hitting the triple-digits repeatedly on the gun. Well see if he can keep it up after a brief stint on the DL to open the 2016 campaign.
New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles
Masahiro Tanaka (1-0, 2.57 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.45 ERA)
Gausman has been expected to be a contributor to the Orioles for years now. This will be his fourth try as a starter at the Major League level. None have yielded a tremendous amount of his success, with his best year coming in 2014 where he posted a 3.57 ERA. Expectations have been bigger for him. More like a pitcher who could take over as an ace of the organization. Is this finally going to be the year that he turns the corner? It could be, there are pitchers that have taken a few years to acclimate themselves at this level of competition. Gausman is hoping this is his year. Keep throwing 100mph flame throwers and he should do alright.
Tanaka doesn’t need much of an introduction at this point. He’s been the posterchild for the Yankees’ future since they signed him and he came overseas in a chartered Boeing. He is trying to shake the bust due to injuries tag, which has dampened the potential careers of pretty good players in all sports. Tanaka has been solid and consistent. Consistent is right, as he’s allowed 2 runs in each in all of his five starts. It equates to an ERA of 2.57 for Tanaka, including a nice WHIP of 0.96. I’m going to vouch for Gausman tonight and say he keeps his streak of success going against the Yankees. Before last night, the Yankees averaged only 2.1 runs through their six game skid. I like a duel between Tanaka and Gausman on the mound tonight in Baltimore.
PICK: UNDER 7.5 RUNS (-110)