Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.02 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (29-30) meet Michael Pineda (7-2, 3.33 ERA) and the New York Yankees (33-26) in the first of a three-game series at Camden Yards. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 12 and will air on YES and MASN.
Jimenez is 2-4 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.75 WHIP against the Yankees in his career. Adam Jones (.311, 32 Rs, 10 HRs, 32 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. In his career against the Orioles, Pineda is 3-0 with a 2.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts. Mark Teixeira (.245, 30 Rs, 17 HRs, 45 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Yankees, going 2 for 3 Wednesday.
Baltimore is a slight +104 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. The Orioles have a losing record of 11-18 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -203. They have an SU record of 17-17 against teams in their division and a 6-9 record when they were the underdog in those games. Within their division, Baltimore's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 4.5 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.1. Whenever an AL East opponent shows up on the calendar, the Orioles seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 4.0 runs per game, but allow 4.4 against teams from their own division.
On the other side, the Yankees have a nice record of 18-12 when they are favored and are +436 overall with the money line. They have played at the top of their game when rated as favorite recently. They managed a 4-1 record when playing as the favorite and an SU record of 8-2. The Yankees are known for their bats, hitting 185 extra base hits. New York has an eye for the strike zone, ranking 3.1 in the AL with fourth walks per game. New York's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.9 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.1. They also allow just 2.7 walks per game, good for third in the AL. The New York pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.6 strikeouts per game.
The Yankees have mostly come out on top against the Orioles in their previous seven games this season, earning a 4-3 record. This game will feature Pineda (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 22-24 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Jimenez will take the mound against the Yankees, who have a 24-19 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Orioles are 18-17 against their divisional rivals, while the Yankees are 16-13 against their division.
When leading after 7 innings, Baltimore is 13-11, while New York is 13-15.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Yankees have a 12-15 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 4-20. The Yankees have a 6-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking seventh in home runs, Baltimore has hit 65 this season. New York ranks third with 76 home runs.
Baltimore and New York both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Baltimore sits at eighth with 8.34 hits per game and New York ranks seventh with 8.59.
Ranking 14th, Baltimore is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.714). New York ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .736.
The Yankees are 17-20 when they allow at least one home run. The Orioles perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 15-21 record.