Friday, June 12, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles 6/12

The New York Yankees are rested and in Baltimore tonight to take on the Baltimore Orioles inside Oriole Park and Camden Yards. The Yankees will play in one of the most beautiful ballparks in all of Major League Baseball three times this weekend with the first game coming tonight in Baltimore. The Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the mound to face off with the Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez. The game will be played at 7:05 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Pineda is making his first start in almost two weeks after having his start skipped last time out. New York wants to limit the innings on their stud RHP’s arm as much as they can this season in order to keep him fresh and healthy in September and for a potential playoff run. Pineda is 0-1 in his career with a 4.50 ERA with at least six days rest so let’s see how he looks with 11 days of rest tonight in Baltimore.

  • Jimenez is coming off his fourth consecutive no-decision of the season and has not seen a victory since he started on May 11. Jimenez went five innings allowing just one run on six hits and five strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians but it was his season-high six walks that led to the no-decision. 

The Yankees have a three game set with their American league East rivals before heading down to Miami for an Interleague matchup with Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins. These are the games that the Yankees need to win and take advantage of if they want to make it into the postseason in 2015. New York has to beat the teams they are expected to beat, i.e. the Orioles and the Marlins, and hang around with the tougher teams in the league i.e. the Washington Nationals, because that’s what good teams do and that’s what playoff teams do. Here’s to hoping the Yankees continue the “good team” trend all the way to the playoffs tonight in Baltimore. Go Yankees!

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