Thursday, July 21, 2016

Game Preview: New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles 7/21


The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles will finish off their four game set this afternoon in the Bronx with one more intense pitching matchup. Buck Showalter has done all he could do this series to mess with the Yankees and to tweak his team to optimize efficiency against the Yankees and it simply hasn’t worked out as well as he could have expected to date. CC Sabathia, who the Yankees will send out today for the finale, will look to add a bit of salt to that wound while Showalter saved the best for last in Chris Tillman for the Orioles.

Sabathia was one of the Yankees best starting pitchers for much of this season but for the last five starts the Yankees veteran lefty has been anything but rejuvenated. CC allowed five runs and nine hits in 5.1 innings in his last start against the Boston Red Sox which ballooned his ERA to 7.94 since June 22. Ouch. Over/under two weeks before he is on the DL for a knee problem? I’m going under.

Tillman heads into this start fresh off his 13th win and will look to keep his career year going this afternoon against the Yankees. Tillman has not lost to the American League East this season posting a 6-0 record and the Orioles are even better in those games he started posting a 9-0 record.

The game will be played at 1:05 pm ET inside Yankee Stadium and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV. As much as I like beating up on the Orioles I hate losing to the Orioles twice as much. No game is ever easy against these guys so take your losses on the chin and get the heck out of town. Win one for Buck! Go Yankees!


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