The Orioles are the worst team in baseball. Naturally, the Yankees have a 6-6 record against them this season. You’d think the Bombers would be able to pull ahead now that Baltimore is without all the players they traded at the deadline. However, the Yankees have been decimated by injuries. The lineup was already hurting without Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, and now they’re without Didi Gregorius. Not to mention that Aroldis Chapman’s injury is a blow to the bullpen. The fact that they have to play four games in three days adds another layer of difficulty to this series. It would be nice to see the Yankees take three, but they might have to settle for another series split.
Game one: CC Sabathia vs. Alex Cobb
This will be Sabathia’s first start since he was placed on the disabled list and had his knee drained. The southpaw has not pitched well against Baltimore this season, having allowed eight runs through nine innings to date. I’m sure he’s glad that Manny Machado is no longer with the team, since the shortstop took Sabathia deep twice during one outing in early April.
Cobb got off to a rocky start to the season, but turned a corner in August. The right-hander has surrendered just five earned runs over his last 29 innings pitched. One of those good outings came earlier in the month when he held the Bombers to just one run over six innings. He is coming off of a two-run complete game against the Indians.
Game two: J.A. Happ vs. TBD
The Yankees will play a doubleheader on Saturday to make up for the game that was rained out on June 2nd. This will be Happ’s fifth start since joining the team in July, and he has put together four solid starts so far. He already faced the Orioles three times this season and held them to just three runs through 18 innings. More of that, please.
Game three: TBD vs. TBD
The Yankees will probably go with Sonny Gray for this game, though that hasn’t been officially announced yet. This would be his first start since being demoted to the bullpen following his awful outing against Baltimore at the beginning of the month. He has posted a 2.89 ERA through 9.1 innings out of the ‘pen. If the Yankees are deciding between Gray, Luis Cessa, or Chance Adams, they may as well go with Gray. It’s unlikely that they would sweep both games of the doubleheader anyway.
Game four: Luis Severino vs. Dylan Bundy
The Yankees ace has not looked like himself since the beginning of July. His last outing appeared to be a step in the right direction, though. He limited the Blue Jays to two runs through five innings, and racked up eight strikeouts. This will somehow be Sevy’s first time facing the Orioles this season. Baltimore’s lineup could be just what he needs.
Bundy will take the mound on Sunday to wrap up the series. The right-hander has not put together a great season, but has especially struggled recently. He surrendered a whopping seven earned runs during each of his last three starts. (Yes, that is seven runs during each start, not seven runs total). While he has always been prone to giving up home runs, he’s taken that to an extreme this year with 2.19 HR/9. Thirteen home runs over his last six starts? Sign the Yankees up for that.