Orioles at Yankees Series Preview

Sports and Bets — September 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm by

The Birds are in the Bronx for a four-game series against the Yankees. This will be the last time that Derek Jeter will ever face the O’s, so let’s give him a few more ass whippings to remember us by. The Orioles have won the first five series against the Yankees this year, and it’s time to make it a perfect 6-for-6. Let’s play some ball, babes!

The Breakdown

Baltimore Orioles (93-62) vs. New York Yankees (80-75)

Season Series: Baltimore leads 11-4

Baltimore’s Last 10 Games: 7-3, New York’s Last 10 Games: 5-5

Runs: Baltimore’s 6th, New York’s tied for 23rd

Home Runs: Baltimore’s 1st, New York’s 13th

Batting Average: Baltimore’s 8th, New York’s 20th

On-base Percentage: Baltimore’s 16th, New York’s 23rd

Team ERA: Baltimore’s 7th, New York’s 18th

Starter ERA: Baltimore’s 12th, New York’s 17th

Bullpen ERA: Baltimore’s 6th, New York’s 17th   

Fewest Errors Made: Baltimore’s tied for 2nd, New York’s tied for 8th

Monday, September 22, at 7:05 PM on MASN

Wei-Yin Chen LHP (16-4) vs. Michael Pineda RHP (3-5)

Chen’s Season Stats: 173.2 IP, 129 Ks, 3.58 ERA, 1.23 WHIP

Chen’s Last Three Starts: 2-0, 18.2 IP, 13 Ks, 1.45 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

Pineda’s Season Stats: 62.2 IP, 41 Ks, 2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP

Pineda’s Last Three Starts: 0-2, 19.2 IP, 11 Ks, 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP

Chen’s only start against the Yankees this season came Apr. 8, and he earned the win, despite not pitching very effectively. He surrendered four runs on nine hits while striking out three over five innings. Chen hasn’t fared much better against the Yankees over his career, going 2-3 in eight starts with a 5.76 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. The long ball has been Chen’s biggest bugaboo against New York; he’s served up 10 of them in just 45.1 innings.

The talented, oft-injured, pine tar enthusiast Michael Pineda will be facing the O’s for the second time this season. He was no-decisioned in his first start on Aug. 13 after allowing one run on two hits while striking out four over five innings. In three career starts against the Birds, Pineda is 0-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, and has struck out 17 batters over 18 innings.

Good News: Nelson Cruz is 2-for-7, Adam Jones is 3-for-8, J.J. Hardy is 3-for-5 with 2 HRs, Alejandro De Aza is 1-for-3, and Professional Hitter Steve Pearce is 1-for-2 off Pineda. Brendan Ryan is 0-for-9, Ichiro Suzuki is 1-for-9, Mark Teixeira is 2-for-9, and Brian McCann is 0-for-3 off Chen.

Bad News: Nick Markakis is 1-for-7, and Delmon Young is 0-for-5 off Pineda. Derek Jeter is 6-for-21 with a HR, Jacoby Ellsbury is 6-for-13, Brett Gardner is 5-for-12 with a HR, Stephen Drew is 2-for-7, Francisco Cervelli is 2-for-4, and Carlos Beltran is 1-for-3 off Chen.

Tuesday, September 23, at 7:05 PM on MASN & ESPN

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP (5-9) vs. Brandon McCarthy RHP (10-14)

Jimenez’s Season Stats: 119.1 IP, 110 Ks, 4.90 ERA, 1.54 WHIP

Jimenez’s Last Start (vs. Toronto): W, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

McCarthy’s Season Stats: 194.2 IP, 167 Ks, 3.93 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

McCarthy’s Last Three Starts: 2-0, 20.2 IP, 14 Ks, 1.74 ERA, 0.77 WHIP

Jimenez will get a spot start on Tuesday to give the other starters an extra day’s rest before the playoffs. Jimenez has been roughed up by the Yankees over his career, going 1-4 in six starts with a 5.79 ERA and 1.84 WHIP. This season, he’s 0-1 in two starts against New York with a 4.35 ERA and 2.42 WHIP. He’s somehow managed to walk 11 batters over those 10.1 innings.

McCarthy has been a completely different pitcher since being traded from the Diamondbacks to the Yankees in midseason. In 18 starts with the Diamondbacks, McCarthy was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.38 WHIP. In 13 starts with the Yankees, McCarthy is 7-4 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. McCarthy has been solid against the O’s over seven career starts (nine appearances), going 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. McCarthy took a no-decision against the Birds in the first game of the Sept. 12 doubleheader after pitching seven shutout innings while striking out six.

Good News: Young is 6-for-22 with a HR, Jones is 4-for-14, Nick Hundley is 3-for-11 with a HR, De Aza is 5-for-9, and Hardy is 3-for-9 off McCarthy. Chris Young is 8-for-43, Teixeira is 2-for-19, Suzuki is 4-for-15, Ryan is 2-for-13, Gardner is 2-for-12, and Jeter is 1-for-8 off Jimenez.

Bad News: Cruz is 3-for-22, and Markakis is 3-for-16 with a HR off McCarthy. Drew is 10-for-38 with 2 HRs, McCann is 9-for-31 with a HR, Chase Headley is 6-for-21 with a HR, Beltran is 6-for-15 with 2 HRs, and Ellsbury is 5-for-10 off Jimenez.

Wednesday, September 24, at 1:05 PM on MASN

Bud Norris RHP (14-8) vs. Shane Greene RHP (5-3)

Norris’ Season Stats: 159.1 IP, 130 Ks, 3.62 ERA, 1.22 WHIP

Norris’ Last Three Starts: 2-0, 18.1 IP, 18 Ks, 1.96 ERA, 1.20 WHIP

Greene’s Season Stats: 75 IP, 76 Ks, 3.24 ERA, 1.33 WHIP

Greene’s Last Three Starts: 1-1, 17 IP, 19 Ks, 1.06 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

Norris has made three career starts against the Yankees, and they have all taken place during the course of this season. Norris is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, and has struck out 19 batters over 17 innings. His most recent start against the Yankees came in the second game of the Sept. 12 doubleheader. Norris earned the win after pitching seven shutout innings while striking out 10.

The 25-year-old rookie will be making his 15th career start and his third against the Orioles. Greene was sensational in his first two, picking up two wins while recording a 1.42 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, and striking out 18 batters over 12.2 innings. His most recent start against the Birds came on Sept. 13. He earned the win after holding them to two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out nine over 5.1 innings.

Good News: Markakis is 3-for-6, and Pearce is 3-for-5 with a HR off Greene. Ellsbury is 2-for-13, Young is 2-for-12, Jeter is 1-for-8, Ryan is 0-for-7, Suzuki is 0-for-4, and Teixeira is 1-for-5 with a HR off Norris.

Bad News: Cruz is 1-for-6, De Aza is 1-for-6, Jones is 1-for-6, and Hardy is 0-for-5 off Greene. Beltran is 9-for-27, Drew is 6-for-18, Headley is 5-for-14 with a HR, Gardner is 2-for-7, McCann is 2-for-6 with a HR, and Cervelli is 2-for-4 off Norris.

Thursday, September 25, at 7:05 PM on MASN & MLBN

Kevin Gausman RHP (7-7) vs. Hiroki Kuroda RHP (11-9)

Gausman’s Season Stats: 108.1 IP, 83 Ks, 3.57 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

Gausman’s Last Three Starts: 0-0, 19 IP, 17 Ks, 1.89 ERA, 1.32 WHIP

Kuroda’s Season Stats: 191 IP, 137 Ks, 3.77 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

Kuroda’s Last Three Starts: 1-1, 17 IP, 17 Ks, 3.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP

Gausman has pitched very well against New York over his career, going 3-1 in two starts (seven appearances) with a 1.64 ERA and 1.00 WHIP while striking out 21 batters over 22 innings. This season, he’s gone 1-0 in two starts against the Yankees while posting a 0.75 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. His most recent start against the Yankees came in the first game of the Sept. 12 doubleheader, and he took a no-decision after pitching seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts.

Kuroda is 3-3 in 10 career starts against the O’s with a 2.88 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. This season, he’s been even better, going 1-0 in four starts with a 2.39 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. He’s walked just one batter over those 26.1 innings. His most recent start against the Birds came on Sept.14, and he was no-decisioned after giving up one run on six hits while striking out five over seven innings.

Good News: Jones is 11-for-34, Kelly Johnson is 8-for-26 with a HR, and De Aza is 7-for-18 with a HR off Kuroda. Ellsbury is 1-for-9, Drew is 0-for-6, Teixeira is 1-for-5, and Suzuki is 0-for-4 off Gausman.

Bad News: Hardy is 5-for-32 with a HR, Markakis is 8-for-31 with a HR, Cruz is 3-for-25, Hundley is 5-for-21, Flaherty is 1-for-15 with a HR, Pearce is 2-for-12, and Young is 1-for-6 off Kuroda. Gardner is 2-for-7 with a HR, Antoan Richardson is 2-for-3, and Jeter is 1-for-3 off Gausman.

Enjoy the games, and let’s go O’s!

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