CC Sabathia (4-9, 5.27 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (10-9, 4.24 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the New York Yankees (77-59) and the Baltimore Orioles (65-72) at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sep. 9 and can be seen on YES and MASN.
Sabathia pitched 2.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out one and walking four in a 4-3 defeat to the Indians. Alex Rodriguez (.256, 74 Rs, 29 HRs, 77 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Jimenez went 5.2 innings, surrendering one, striking out four and walking six in a 10-2 win over the Blue Jays in his last outing. Manny Machado (.291, 82 Rs, 27 HRs, 70 RBIs, 17 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York is a -128 favorite against Baltimore and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Yankees have recorded an overall money line of +576 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 51-31. New York is an impressive 7-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Yankees have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 7.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.9 runs per game. New York is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks, earning an average of 3.4 per game. As for the pitchers, opponents have consistently been struck out by the Yankees, who rank third in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.4.
Over in the other dugout, Baltimore is coming in with an overall money line of -1,216 and a disappointing record of 24-39 as the underdog. They played poorly as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 1-6 record, and a 2-8 record SU. The Orioles allow 4.2 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 6.2 runs per game during that span.
The Yankees lead the season series, 9-5. The Yankees have a 53-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Jimenez takes the mound. Sabathia (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 17-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees hold a 33-24 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Orioles' record in these matchups is 28-29.
New York earned its second shutout of the season in its last game. Baltimore has been shut out nine times this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Yankees are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Orioles have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Yankees have a slight leg up on the Orioles, as the Yankees have won their last two games while the Orioles have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 47-13. The Yankees have a 51-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking ninth in runs, Baltimore has earned 597 this season. New York ranks second with 667 runs.
Ranking 25th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 335 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 462.
The Yankees are 66-34 when they hit at least one home run. The Orioles perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 58-38 record.