The Orioles came into September competing for a postseason birth.
Young phenom Gunnar Henderson was all that was advertised, and Adley Rutschman was still showing Major League Baseball that he was the real deal.
Unfortunately for the Orioles, the results of previous months have not transpired in September. With the postseason pretty much an after thought, at 12-15 for the month, the Orioles are assured of their first losing month in the last four.
The good news is that Henderson is still showing his potential, Rutschman is setting team records and Kyle Stowers is hitting his stride.
Going into New York, the focus for the baseball world is on when, and if, Aaron Judge will hit his 62nd home run of the season.
The Orioles will have a tough task with a major spotlight on the series, as Judge also is fighting for a Triple Crown. Needing two wins to assure a winning year, the task will be tall.
The Yankees will send Domingo German, Nestor Cortes and Luis Severino to the mound in the final series against the Orioles.
Baltimore, who is 5-11 against the Yankees on the year, will send Jordan Lyles, Austin Voth and Kyle Bradish to try and tame the Bronx Bombers.
With the season winding down and the Birds pushing for a winning year, the Baltimore Battery ❌-FACTOR is going to be, for the first time ever, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde.
Interesting enough, Hyde is the ❌-FACTOR for the simple fact that his decisions, from making the lineup to when to pull a pitcher and when to make a hitting change, has been questionable over the last few weeks.
He assured the fan base of young guys (Gunnar, Stowers, Terrin Vavra, etc.) getting more playing time, but his managerial moves will be the pivotal factor in deciding the series.
GAME 1 STARTING LINEUP:
Game time is 7:05 p.m. EST from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Tune in to your local radio station or television channel and cheer the Orioles to victory.
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