Happy Tanaka Day ladies and gentleman! The New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles continue their three-game weekend set this weekend at Oriole Park and Camden Yards with the second game of the series this afternoon in Baltimore. As I alluded to earlier the New York Yankees will send their ace Masahiro Tanaka to the mound looking to bounce back from a bad start in Tampa in the season opener while the Baltimore Orioles will counter with a perennial thorn in the Yankees side in Kevin Gausman. This should be another fun one so let’s look at the pitching matchups.
Tanaka made his first start of the season Opening Day against the Tampa Bay Rays and the start did not exactly go as planned for the righty. Tanaka gave up seven earned runs in the loss which is a career high for the Yankees ace in a 7-3 loss to Tampa. Tanaka has made five career starts against the Orioles posting a 1-1 record with a 2.39 ERA.
Gausman is slowly and quietly becoming a Yankee-killer for Buck Showalter and the Orioles as he has given the Yankees offense absolute fits over the past couple of seasons. Gausman last started on Opening Day against the Toronto Blue Jays where he held their offense to two runs on five hits with four walks in a no decision.
The game will be played at 4:05 pm ET inside Oriole Park and Camden Yards and can be seen on the YES Network, Fox Sports One and MLB TV. The game can also be heard on your radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN. Enjoy the game and Go Yankees!! Beat those birds.