Orioles pay a visit to new look Yankees: Series Preview 8/2/21 – 8/4/21

It’s a new week, which also means it’s time for some more baseball! This series, the Orioles travel north to take on the Yankees!

This Yankee lineup, however, looks a little different since the last time these teams played. A couple of Trade Deadline moves give the Orioles a few new names to worry about in this one.

Kicking off this series for the Orioles will be Jorge López in game one, Alex Wells rolling in game two, and Matt Harvey in game three. The O’s will have a tough matchup, as they face newly acquired Yankee Andrew Heany in game one, and then Gerrit Cole in game two, followed by red hot Jameson Taillon in game three.

The Birds rotation looked great in the last series against the Tigers, and that will need to happen again here. With a lineup consisting of Aaron Judge, Gio Urshela, and now Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo, our arms will have to be on point.

Some Baltimore Battery ❌-Factors for the Orioles, as they look to take down the new look Bronx Bombers, are the keys to winning the series!

  1. Starters must reach at least six innings

One of the biggest turn arounds for the Orioles is the ability for their starters to go six innings in their starts. In order to keep the games close and win this series, it all starts with López, Wells, and Harvey going deep into games.

2. Do not get into a home run derby

The Yankees have built a team to bash the ball. With the recent acquisitions of Rizzo and Gallo, the Yankees have made the core of their lineup a modern day murders row. Our pitching will have to control the strike zone and force weak contact in order to stay in the game. If you don’t allow them to utilize the short right field porch, you force small ball, which the Yanks are below average at.

3. Production from the bottom of the order

Another key for the Orioles’ turn around has been production from the lower portion of the lineup. In the first half of the season, the Orioles were useless from the five hole down. Mullins, Mountcastle, and Mancini carried the offense, with a steep drop off after you got through them. Recently, the bottom of the order has started to produce. With Maikel Franco, Pedro Severino, Pat Valaika, and a surprise sweet stroke from Ramón Urías, the Orioles have been able to produce through out the lineup. This is something that has to continue. As long as we control the strike zone, we will be able to stay in each game. If we can keep our lineup under 10 or so strikeouts and manage three plus walks each game, our team will have more opportunities to produce without killing innings.

If the Orioles are able to maintain these Baltimore Battery ❌-Factors, we should win this series and keep the Yankees even further away from reaching the playoffs!

Roster News:

The Orioles have released RHP Evan Phillips, RHP Cody Carroll, and OF Chris Shaw. All we’re at Triple-A Norfolk on the year.

The team also made a few roster moves before the start of the series. They are listed below:

-Reinstated INF Richie Martin from the 60-Day Injured List (left wrist fracture)

-Optioned INF Domingo Leyba to Triple-A Norfolk

-Placed LHP Ryan Hartman on the Injured List (COVID-19 Protocol)

How do you see this series playing out? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our podcast, The Walk-Off, on YouTube and Spotify! And, make sure to use the hashtag #baltimorebattery when sharing our content to show your Birdland swag!

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