On the day that would have marked the Yankees’ 2020 home opener, the Bombers are still away from Yankee Stadium. Due to the Miami Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak and its effect on the league’s schedule, the Yankees will start a quick two-game series in Charm City against the Orioles. It’s the Yankees’ first trip to Baltimore this year, and they come in riding a 16-game win streak vs. the O’s, and a 15-game win streak at Oriole Park. Gleyber Torres, who hit 13 long balls vs. Baltimore last year, is already salivating, and not just from the local crab cakes.
Another unexpected plus, the Yankees will get to throw Gerrit Cole out on the mound for the second time in four games. The Yankees smartly altered their rotation around the off days to give Cole as many innings on the mound as possible. He’s coming off a complete game one-hitter vs. the Nationals (albeit one that only lasted five innings due to rain), and although he wasn’t his sharpest in that start, he still held the defending champs to one run and notched five strikeouts. The O’s present a far easier matchup for Cole to handle.
The Orioles will turn to Asher Wojciechowski, a 31-year-old righty in his fourth season. Wojciechowski was a first-round pick of Toronto back in 2010, but has bounced around and has a career 5.76 ERA. He’s 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA against the Yankees in two previous appearances, which included a start last season. Stuff-wise, he’s a fairly average pitcher, so he’ll have his work cut out for him against a strong Yankees lineup.
The wait is over. Camden Yards, we’re home. pic.twitter.com/IOOpbXxWVN— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) July 29, 2020
How to watch:
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
First pitch: 7:35 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: YES
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go