Luis Cessa (3-0, 4.01 ERA) and the New York Yankees (65-61) meet Yovani Gallardo (4-5, 5.08 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (70-57) in the first of a three-game division series at Yankee Stadium. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 26 and will air on MASN and WPIX.
In his most recent outing, Cessa pitched 6.0 innings, giving up zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-1 victory over the Angels. Didi Gregorius (.283, 53 Rs, 17 HRs, 57 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. The Orioles were unsuccessful against the Astros 5-3 the last time Gallardo pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing four runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking three. Mark Trumbo (.257, 74 Rs, 38 HRs, 93 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one stolen base.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Yankees have a SU record of 19-27 against teams in their division. New York has averaged 3.5 runs per game during divisional play, lower than its season average of 4.2. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Yankees are the best in the AL in walks allowed, giving up just 2.6 per game. An area where the Yankees are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average an AL-best 8.8 K's per game.
Against divisional opponents, the Orioles are 26-21 SU. The Orioles are known for their bats, hitting 422 extra base hits. Baltimore's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.6 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.5.
The Yankees will take on a right-hander (Gallardo) in this game and have a 48-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Orioles will be the right-hander Cessa. They sport a 53-39 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees hold a 19-27 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Orioles' record in these matchups is 26-21.
When leading after seven innings, Baltimore is 34-21, while New York is 35-29.
The Orioles didn't score any runs in their last game. The Yankees have an 8-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 46-9. The Yankees have a 50-8 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd, New York is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 525 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 601.
New York and Baltimore both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. New York sits at 26th with 356 this season and Baltimore ranks 21st with 362.
When the Yankees hit at least one home run, they are 48-33. When the Orioles hit at least one homer, they have a 58-36 record.