O’s and Yanks face off in the Bronx: Series Preview 4/26/22 – 4/28/22

For the second time in just two weeks, the Orioles and Yankees match-up with one another, this time in the Bronx.

In the first series, the Orioles bested the Yankees, winning two games out of three. The pitching was at a premium for the Orioles, who held the “big bad” Yankees to just six runs in those three games.

This time around in Yankee Stadium, it wouldn’t be a surprise that runs come a little easier for both sides. Yankee slugger Aaron Jusge is heating up, and that is a worry for any pitching staff. However, the Orioles do manage to avoid seeing Gerrit Cole yet again.

The pitching matchup in this series starts towards the back end of both rotations. It begins with Jordan Lyles in game one for the O’s, followed by Tyler Wells and Bruce Zimmermann. For the Yankees, it will be Luis Severino in game one, then Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon.

Both Montgomery and Taillon pitched well against the Orioles in the last series, combining for just over nine innings with just two runs allowed. It will be helpful for the Oriole offense to pounce early on the starters, as the Yankees have a bullpen that no one wants to see trailing in a game.

On the flip side, the Orioles’ bullpen is one you don’t want to see when trailing either. Right now, the O’s entire staff has the seventh best team ERA at 3.17, and the bullpen itself is the owner of a 2.71 ERA between 12 different arms.

To win this series, the O’s offense will need to continue the trend they followed in Anaheim: Actually hitting baseballs. They went 8-for-31 with RISP, which isn’t great, but it’s an improvement.

Ryan Mountcastle delivered four RBIs with runners in scoring position, all coming off singles. Trey Mancini and Austin Hays finally broke their home run slump, so look for those three bats to remain on the upward trend in this series.

The Baltimore Battery’s ❌-Factor for this series will be the offense late in games. One win in the last series against the Yankees came from five runs scored in the eighth, and taking any opportunity on that bullpen will be necessary.

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

• Placed RHP Chris Ellis on the 10-day IL with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to 4/25
• Recalled LHP Alexander Wells from Triple-A Norfolk
• OF DJ Stewart cleared outright waivers and has been assigned to Triple-A Norfolk

Here are your game one starting lineups:

New York Yankees (10-6):

1. DJ LeMahieu 2B
2. Aaron Judge CF
3. Anthony Rizzo 1B
4. Giancarlo Stanton RF
5. Josh Donaldson 3B
6. Gleyber Torres DH
7. Joey Gallo LF
8. Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
9. Kyle Higashioka C
SP. Luis Severino RHP

Baltimore Orioles (6-10):

1. Cedric Mullins CF
2. Anthony Santander RF
3. Trey Mancini DH
4. Ryan Mountcastle 1B
5. Rougned Odor 2B
6. Austin Hays LF
7. Ramón Urías 3B
8. Robinson Chirinos C
9. Jorge Mateo SS
SP. Jordan Lyles RHP

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