Baltimore Orioles (37-67) vs. New York Yankees (56-48)
August 3, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: New York Yankees -250 / Baltimore Orioles +220; Over/Under: -8.5
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The Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees meet Tuesday in MLB action from Yankee Stadium. This will be the second installment in a three-game set between these AL East teams this week. In the Monday opener, the Orioles posted a dominant victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Baltimore played the Tigers over the weekend, managing a split in a four-game set with wins on Friday and Saturday. In the Monday game versus the Yankees, the O’s jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings and cruised to a 7-1 win. Jorge Lopez lasted 6.0 frames with one earned on one hit and five walks.
For the starter job in the Tuesday game two, the Orioles will go with Alexander Wells. Across his four games (two starts) so far this year, Wells is 1-1 with a 5.28 ERA and 12 Ks in 15.1 innings of work.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they were able to notch a tense sweep of the Marlins over the weekend, winning 3-1, 4-2 and 3-1 in that trio. On Monday, New York could only find three hits in the loss. Andrew Heaney had a disappointing debut with 4.0 innings, six hits and four earned runs.
For the starting pitcher gig in the Tuesday game, the Yanks were going to go with ace Gerrit Cole but he tested positive for the virus Monday and will have to sit out. Nestor Cortes will make the start in his place.
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The Orioles are 82-181 in their last 263 road games and 4-9 in their last 13 Tuesday games. Baltimore is 16-36 in the last 52 in game two of a series and 22-51 in their last 73 overall.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 4-1 in their last five at home versus a lefty starter and 47-21 in their last 68 Tuesday games. New York is 57-27 in their last 74 in game two of a series and the over is 7-1 in their last eight Tuesday games.
PICK: Going Orioles. I was going to take the Yankees here, but with Cole on the shelf it becomes a completely different story. New York needed some major help from an error-prone Marlins lineup to get their sweep over the weekend, and they looked flat on Monday. This is likely going to be a bullpen-heavy game for the Yankees, and it’s anyone’s guess these days how that will go.