Orioles vs. Yankees: Series Preview & Game 1 Lineups

After a clean sweep in Boston, the Orioles head to the Bronx for a three-game set against “The Evil Empire”, the New York Yankees.

After an electric offensive series to start the year, the Orioles hope to keep the bats rolling, while bringing that great pitching to New York. To beat the Yankees’ offense, you must keep up with their production.

Jorge López will be on the mound for game one, followed by Dean Kremer in game two, and John Means again for game three.

Keys to the Series:

1. Keep relying on contact and manufacturing runs.

In the opening series, the Orioles scored 18 runs, none of which came via the long ball. Great at-bats and hitting technique aided the Orioles in that series, and the same must happen in New York. The long ball will come, but being able to move runners around the base paths and raising the Yankees’ pitch counts will bring success. The Yankees feature a very, very good bullpen, and the only way to beat them is seeing them early.

2. Starting pitching has something going, let’s keep it up.

Winning is all about pitching, and the starting rotation is the backbone of that. With three good starts in the opening series, Jorge López, Dean Kremer, and John Means look to continue what they started. What was really impressive in that series against the Red Sox was the first pitch strikes, and that will prove to do lots of good against the Yankee lineup. They’re powerful but beatable. Getting them behind in counts will be their kryptonite and will elicit a lot of strikeouts and quicker at-bats.

3. Get to the bullpen early.

When Aaron Boone can use his bullpen correctly, with good matchups and not too many innings thrown, his team can be very good. However, the Yankees bullpen is beat up at the moment and are lacking some of their best arms. To come away with a series win, the Orioles must force the Yankee starters out early and make Aaron Boone rely on his beat up bullpen. Gerrit Cole is slated to pitch game two, and seeing more than five innings of him will be a bad sign for the Birds.

The O’s have made a few roster moves before this series gets underway. The team has reinstated RHP Shawn Armstrong from the Injured List. They have placed Austin Hays on the 10-day Injured List with a right hamstring strain.

Ryan McKenna has been recalled from the Alternate Training Site at Double-A Bowie. He will wear No. 65 and will make his Major League debut tonight. Also, RHP Cole Sulser has been optioned to the Alternate Training Site at Double-A Bowie.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

New York Yankees (1-2):
1. DJ LeMahieu 2B
2. Aaron Judge RF
3. Aaron Hicks CF
4. Giancarlo Stanton DH
5. Gleyber Torres SS
6. Gary Sánchez C
7. Jay Bruce 1B
8. Gio Urshela 3B
9. Clint Frazier LF
SP. Jordan Montgomery LHP

Baltimore Orioles (3-0):
1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Trey Mancini DH
3. Ryan Mountcastle LF
4. Maikel Franco 3B
5. Pedro Severino C
6. Pat Valaika 1B
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Ramón Urías 2B
9. Ryan McKenna RF
SP. Jorge López RHP

You can catch game one of this series Monday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. EST. You can catch all three games on MASN or on the radio at 105.7 The Fan.

Let’s Go O’s!

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