Coming into this series the Orioles were three games over .500. Raise your hand if you think that's the most games over .500 they'll be all year. Yeah, me too.
The O's will try to avoid the sweep tonight and they're sending their Opening Day starter to the mound to do it. If you didn't read Andrew_G's article about Jake Arrieta's first start of the season, go do it now. I'll wait. OK, are you all caught up? Arrieta looked really good on Opening Day but his control wasn't as impressive as the results. That happens when you pitch against a team as offensively challenged as the Twins. Tonight will be a real challenge for Jake as the Yankees don't let pitchers off the hook.
Before I get accused of being too negative (that happens a lot, it seems), I'm not trying to bust on Jake. I'm just pointing out what might be an issue in this game. I still think he has really good stuff and he's certainly capable of shutting down the Yankees. If he can win the battle with himself over his control he could be very dangerous.
Taking the hill for the Yankees is big fat CC Sabathia. Sabathia got lit up by the Rays in his first start of the season, giving up five runs in six innings. That doesn't really mean anything; he's a very good pitcher after all. But maybe he'll get off to a slow start this season and the O's can take advantage.
Last night's game was excruciating not only due to the extra innings but also to the numerous blunders on the field by the Orioles. I have my fingers crossed for a nice, clean game tonight without the errors and bad decisions that marred the O's yesterday. I don't think that's too much to hope for, do you?
Let's Go O's!