Well, this series sure has not gone according to plan. In spite of the Baltimore Orioles’ season-long struggles, they certainly have the New York Yankees’ number, going 5-4 against the Bombers. After the Orioles took game one of Monday’s doubleheader, the Yankees bounced back in a big way in game two. The Yankees suffered another hard loss last night though, in walk-off fashion. The Yankees will be looking to salvage a series split tonight against the last-place O’s.
Sonny Gray will take the ball for the Yankees, coming in off of his worst two starts of the season. He’s falling behind in counts, nibbling around the strike zone and not pitching with much confidence. At this point, anything is an improvement over his last few starts and the Yankees would easily sign up for five innings of work. The Yankees have played the patience card with other pitchers before to varying degrees of success, and they seem willing to give Gray a chance to re-gain his old form. He won his last start against the O’s in June, so anything is possible.
The Orioles will counter with Dylan Bundy, who is the closest thing to a frontline starter on this club. Somehow still just 25 years old, the former top prospect has good strikeout and walk numbers and could be an intriguing trade deadline option for a pitching-hungry team. This is just his second start off the disabled list following a sprained ankle, and he got hit around the park by the Twins his last time out. Bundy is 2-3 lifetime against the Yankees.
How to watch
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
First pitch: 7:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time
TV broadcast: YES
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM, WADO 1280