Where: Yankee Stadium
When: Monday, August 12, 2019, 1:10 pm Eastern
We have an American League East matchup to consider when the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees meet for game one of a scheduled doubleheader and game one of their four-game scheduled series. This preview was published prior to the start of Sunday MLB action and all opinions will be based on the stats from Saturday, August 10, 2019.
Baltimore is last in the American League East and hasn’t decided who will take the mound to start this ballgame against New York. The Yankees are first in the American League East and lefty James Paxton is the probable starter for the Pinstripes.
Orioles Five Game Losing Streak
Baltimore has ridden the struggle bus all season and as of Saturday night had lost seven of their last 10 games and enter Sunday’s matchup with the Houston Astros hoping to end a five-game losing streak. The Orioles are 29 games away from the second American League wild card and I think it’s safe to say this baseball team isn’t playing in the postseason. Baltimore has been outscored by an MLB worst 232 runs and has a 21-35 record away from Oriole Park at Camden Yards this season.
The Orioles are undecided as to who will start this ballgame, but one can’t blame their indecisiveness after allowing the Yankees to hit 50 home runs against them this season, setting a record for most home runs allowed by a single team in one season. Whoever does pitch will be dealing with a Yankees team scoring an average of 5.36 runs per game with 101 bombs this season at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees +152 Run Differential
The Yankees have an 8.5 game lead in the AL East over the Tampa Bay Rays and have won eight of their last 10 games and enter Sunday afternoon hoping to end a two-game losing streak. New York has outscored their opponents by 152 runs this season and boast a 43-18 record at Yankee Stadium this season.
Infielder Gleyber Torres is listed as day to day for Sunday’s game with Toronto due to an abominable strain. Torres has a .347 OBP with 23 home runs and 62 RBI this season.
Paxton (7-6, 4.40 ERA) has a 1.43 WHIP and his 4.02 xFIP suggests maybe the veteran lefty has been unlucky and some positive regression might be headed his way at some point this season. Paxton has allowed 16 earned runs over his last 26 innings pitched and strikes out 11.43 per nine innings pitched with 3.43 walks and 1.67 home runs allowed per nine innings this season.
Baltimore scores an average of 4.35 runs per game with 64 bombs away from Oriole Park at Camden Yards and has blasted 50 bombs against lefties this season.
- Yankees are 39-17 in their last 56 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Yankees are 66-29 in their last 95 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Yankees are 68-31 in their last 99 overall.
- Orioles are 22-53 in their last 75 games on grass.
- Orioles are 42-110 in their last 152 road games.
- Orioles are 23-65 in their last 88 vs. a team with a winning record.