Happy Jackie Robinson Day, Birdland!
Last season, the Orioles played the Yankees 19 times, good for an 8-11 record against the men in pinstripes. Believe it or not, that is a much better record against the Yanks than the Orioles have had in some time.
Starting tonight, the Yankees come to beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards to kick-off the schedule between these two teams in 2022.
This Birds are coming off a very frustrating series loss against the Milwaukee Brewers, where both games two and three were lost due to a complete lack of offense.
Luckily for the Orioles, the pitching was stellar in that series, and hopefully the arms can recreate that magic against the Yankees, who are a much better hitting team than the Brewers.
Heading out to the mound for the Birds will be Jordan Lyles, Tyler Wells and Bruce Zimmermann. Both Lyles and Wells struggled in their first starts, combining for 6.2 innings, 10 hits and nine runs. Zimmermann was electric in his first start, going four innings of scoreless ball in the home opener.
The Orioles will see the back end of the Yanks’ rotation, including Jordan Montgomery, Jameson Taillon and former Oriole, Nestor Cortes. That rotation is not fearsome, however, it’s their bullpen that is arguably top in the league.
Without run production, the Birds may as well pack up before this series starts. The Yankees are sure to score some runs, and this sub-10% production with RISP by the Orioles will be killer if that rate doesn’t improve.
So far this year, the Orioles are 5-for-55 with runners in scoring position. Two of the hits in that situation came from Cedric Mullins.
Two things with this: First, it’s really bad. That is a .090 average, nearly a legal BAC. However, 55 opportunities in six games is something I never thought the Orioles would do. Eventually, those runners will begin to get scored.
The Baltimore Battery’s ❌-Factor in this series is the offense’s ability to score with runners in scoring position. As mentioned above, the success in these situations has been basically non-existent, but the opportunities are there.
If the Birds can score these runs that are out there waiting for them, it will greatly help a pitching staff that has kept every game this season within reach. It’s time to turn that slanted 5-for-55 around.
In other roster news, the O’s have placed John Means on the 10-day injured list with a left elbow strain. The contract of Travis Lakins Sr. has been selected from Triple-A Norfolk, and Kevin Smith has cleared outright waivers and has been assigned to Norfolk.
Here are tonight’s game one starting lineups:
New York Yankees (4-3):
1. Anthony Rizzo 1B
2. Giancarlo Stanton RF
3. Josh Donaldson DH
4. Joey Gallo LF
5. DJ LeMahieu 3B
6. Gleyber Torres 2B
7. Aaron Hicks CF
8. Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
9. Kyle Higashioka C
SP. Jordan Montgomery LHP
Baltimore Orioles (1-5):
1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Ramón Urías 3B
3. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
4. Trey Mancini DH
5. Anthony Santander RF
6. Austin Hays LF
7. Jorge Mateo SS
8. Robinson Chirinos C
9. Chris Owings 2B
SP. Jordan Lyles RHP
This series will be available on MASN and on 98 Rock FM/WBAL NewsRadio AM/FM. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EST on Friday and Saturday and 1:05 p.m. EST on Sunday.
Let’s Go, O’s!
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