Mini Yankees @ Orioles Series PreviewPosted: April 23, 2011
With last night’s rain out, I have a little more time to get up a series preview for this weekend’s now two game series against the Orioles. This will be the Yankees first visit to Camden Yards this year. In last week’s preview, I went the O’s lineup, so in this one, I’ll just go over what they’ve done recently and the pitching match-ups.
The last time these two teams played, they played a rain-shortened two game series as well in which the Yanks swept. Since then, Baltimore has struggled mightily. They lost three to the Indians and then came home and split a four game series with the Twins. When they began their first series with the Bombers, they were in first place and had a winning record. Now, they are 8-10 and have won two of their last ten. Here are the pitching match-ups:
CC Sabathia (0-1, 2.52 ERA) vs. Brad Bergesen (0-2, 3.38 ERA)
Freddy Garcia (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (2-1, 5.06 ERA)
So there are the two pitching match-ups. It will be interesting to see if CC can pitch just a tiny bit better than his last performance and earn his first victory of the season. Bergesen, his opponent, pitch two scoreless innings of relief of Chris Tillman when he got rocked in the first game of the first series. In the second game, we should look out for Arrieta who seems to pitch well against the Yanks every time out and also if Garcia can build off of his last outing of six scoreless innings.
You have to give the Yanks the advantage in this series coming off of two off days. It has been no secret how good their hitting has been and how bad their starting pitching has been. But with their ace on the hill today and fully rested pen, you can’t help but feel optimistic. Tonight’s game will be played at 7:05 on YES. While we are eagerly awaiting that, the NY Rangers on the brink of elimination at 3:00 on NBC. Let’s stay in that baseball state of mind, however, because barring rain outs, the Bombers are about to play 16 straight days of baseball.