New York Yankees (74-69) at Baltimore Orioles (86-59)
|Date & Time||Friday September 12, 2014, 1:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -122 / New York Yankees +112 --- Over/Under: 8
The New York Yankees collide with the Baltimore Orioles in game one of their doubleheader Friday.
The New York Yankees are at the point in the season where the postseason is within their grasp if they begin to string the wins together. Stringing the wins might be starting with a three run 9th erasing a 4-2 deficit for a 5-4 victory. Michael Pineda received a ND because of the late rally after giving up all four runs on ten hits over 7.1 frames. The Yankees were saved by the long ball with Martin Prado smacking a two run jack in the 8th with Chris Young winning it with a three run blast in the 9th. Brandon McCarthy will be on the bump in the series opener at the Baltimore Orioles. McCarthy looks to build on a 6-2 win over Kansas City where he gave up both runs over 6.2 innings.
The Baltimore Orioles have the American League East title in their sights unless they somehow fall off the map. The Orioles have won four in a row and seven of ten after a 10-6 victory at Fenway Park. Starter Wei-Yin Chen gave up one run on three hits through seven innings to improve to 15-4. Joe Saunders was tagged for five runs in the 9th which didn't matter with the Orioles owning a huge lead. Caleb Joseph paced the offense with a homer and three RBI's while Adam Jones and Ryan Flaherty knocking in two more apiece. Baltimore hands the ball to Kevin Gausman to face the New York Yankees for the second time. Gausman is 7-7 on the season with a 3.83 ERA and 1.34 WHIP covering 17 outings where the O's are 9-8.
McCarthy has thrown the ball well in pinstripes and Gausman is up and down so the pitching match up might be close to even. That leaves me looking at which offense I prefer and that's Baltimore...