TGIF. A motto for so many that signals the end of the work week has been especially true for the New York Yankees this year. Entering tonight's game, the Yankees are 3-1 on Friday games this year, winning their last three. While this may seem like a pretty arbitrary statistic, it's impact comes mostly from the fact that typically, Friday games open up series. Therefore, if the Yankees play well on Friday's, they will start series' on a better note, and as a result, allow them to win more series.
Adam Warren makes his first career start against the Orioles tonight, but Baltimore has hit the right-hander well in the past in his appearances out of the bullpen. In ten career outings against the O's, Warren has been whacked to the tune of an 8.18 ERA in 11 innings. Most of that damage took place last year, when Warren allowed ten earned runs in just four and two-thirds pitched against Baltimore. Last time out, Warren earned the win as the Yankees swept the Red Sox in Boston. On the season, Warren is 2-1 with a 4.78 ERA.
Miguel Gonzalez will start for the Orioles, which usually is not a great sign for the Yankees. Back on April 14th, Gonzalez earned the win against New York in Camden Yards, allowing just a single run over seven strong frames while striking out ten. The righty has performed well against the Bombers throughout his entire career, posting a 3.62 ERA in 11 starts. Gonzalez is coming off of his first scoreless outing of the season, as he earned a win against Tampa on May 2nd by blanking the Rays over seven and two-thirds innings. So far in 2015, he is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA.
The Yankees will look to win their second straight and third in four nights with a first pitch set for 7:05. The game can be seen on YES.