The Yankees are staring down a playoff spot. There is still a large group of teams on the periphery of the Wild Card chase, but per FanGraphs, the Yankees and Twins are the only primary Wild Card contenders that project to eclipse 82 wins. New York can reach that total today against the Orioles with a fourth straight win.
Jordan Montgomery (4.24 ERA, 4.32 FIP) gets the call for the Yankees. He had a tough start last time out, giving up three runs and recording just 10 outs against the Rangers. Baltimore will send out Jeremy Hellickson (5.23 ERA, 5.66 FIP), whom they acquired at the trade deadline. That Hellickson was the Orioles' primary in-season pitching upgrade is rather illustrative of their playoff push as a whole.
The game starts at 4:05 EST and can be seen on the YES Network.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||NEW YORK YANKEES|
|Tim Beckham - DH||Brett Gardner - LF|
|Manny Machado - 3B||Chase Headley - DH|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Aaron Judge - RF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Didi Gregorius - SS|
|Trey Mancini - 1B||Starlin Castro - 2B|
|Welington Castillo - C||Jacoby Ellsbury - CF|
|J.J. Hardy - SS||Todd Frazier - 3B|
|Austin Hays - RF||Greg Bird - 1B|
|Joey Rickard - LF||Austin Romine - C|
|Jeremy Hellickson - RHP||Jordan Montgomery - LHP|