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Orioles-Yankees series preview: On to New York

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The Orioles ended their series against the Angels on a high note. They’ll look to carry that momentum into New York for a three game set.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Baltimore Orioles Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1- Monday, 6:35

RHP David Hess (1-5, 5.50 ERA) vs. RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1, 4.50 ERA)

Normally, when a guy struggles like David Hess has this year, a team will look for another option every fifth day to take the ball. Unfortunately, in a rebuild like this, the Orioles don’t really have a lot of other options. The bright side? Wins aren’t of much importance right now.

Hess has struggled quite a bit after not giving up a hit in his first start of the year. His ERA has ballooned to 5.50, and it’s still trending upwards. The Yankees lineup might salivate a bit when they see Hess’s name on the lineup card, and they might salivate a lot more when they see his fastball. He hasn’t won a game since his first start on April first, and without the no-hit bid, his ERA would sit above seven.

The Yankees will counter with Loaisiga. New York turned to the righty after an injury to James Paxton. Loaisiga has never faced the O’s, so there’s not much of a track record here. He worked only four innings his last time out against Seattle, so the Orioles will have a chance to get into New York’s bullpen right away.

Game 2- Tuesday, 6:35.

RHP Andrew Cashner (4-1, 4.25 ERA) vs. LHP J.A. Happ (2-3, 4.36)

If you haven’t heard, Andrew Cashner is currently 4-1. As Drew Bonifant reminded us last week, Cashner owes a lot of his winning record towards increased run support when he’s on the mound. His 4.25 ERA doesn’t lead the league by any stretch, but the Orioles will certainly take it. If Cashner could dip the ERA below four by July, and his record continues to trend up, maybe the Orioles can steal a prospect off a desperate team.

Cashner is also the only Orioles starter to pitch at least six innings three different times. Anyone that can eat innings is welcome on the Orioles staff, and hopefully he can win a few more games.

Happ has struggled early on for New York. That being said, he didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning his last time against the Mariners. If the Orioles can get to Happ early on, they could take a significant toll on the Yankees bullpen by game two.

Game 3- Wednesday, 6:35.

RHP Dan Straily (1-3, 8.23 ERA) vs. Domingo German (7-1, 2.70 ERA).

Remember what I said about David Hess? You can probably take that same sentiment and double it with Straily. An ERA above eight is painful to type, and I feel sorry for all of you reading it. On the bright side, maybe the guy is due? I can’t picture a better time to turn things around than at Yankee stadium. That’s about as positive as I can be today.

The Yankees, cruelly, will counter with the league leader in wins. Domingo German has been an absolute nightmare for hitters so far, and well, you might just want to keep expectations low for this one. He’s struck out 44 batters already this season, and he’s won four consecutive decisions. He’s pitched three time against Baltimore, making one start, and is 1-0 against the Birds.

Poll

How many games will the Orioles win in this series against the Yankees?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    3 (Orioles will sweep)
    (11 votes)
  • 9%
    2
    (18 votes)
  • 54%
    1
    (102 votes)
  • 29%
    0 (Orioles will get swept)
    (55 votes)
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