In the third of a four-game series between the New York Yankees (19-11) and the Baltimore Orioles (19-11) at Yankee Stadium, Chase Whitley (1-0, 0.75 ERA) and Wei-Yin Chen (0-1, 2.83 ERA) get the ball. The Yankees won the last game 5-4 and New York leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and will air on MASN and YES.
Whitley is 0-1 with a 14.29 ERA against the Orioles in his career, and is up against a solid Baltimore offense that's hitting .271 on the year. Brett Gardner (.326, 22 Rs, 2 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one stolen base. In his career against the Yankees, Chen is 2-4 with a 5.18 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 45 strikeouts. Jimmy Paredes (.328, 13 Rs, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 5 yesterday with two RBIs.
New York, a -117 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. The Yankees have a winning record of 9-5 when playing as the favorite and an overall money line of +711. They are 4-1 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Yankees are a dangerous hitting team with 102 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. They have been very patient at the plate, ranking second in the AL with an average of 3.6 walks per game. Turning to the pitching staff, the Yankees rank second in the AL in home ERA with a 3.16 team average. The Yankees are fourth in the AL in walks allowed with just 2.8 per game. An area where the Yankees are particularly strong is striking batters out, where they average 8.7 K's per game.
Switching gears, the Orioles come into this game with a weak win percentage of .308 when playing as the underdog (4-9) and an overall money line of -179. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-4 record when playing as the underdog and an SU record of 5-5.
The Yankees are 3-2 against the Orioles this season. This game will feature Chen (LHP) on the mound against the Yankees, who have a 5-4 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Whitley will take the mound against the Orioles, who have a 10-12 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
The Yankees sit at 14-9 against their divisional rivals, while the Orioles are 11-13.
When the Orioles play into extra innings, they have a 1-0 record. The Yankees are 0-2 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Orioles are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded six strikeouts. The Yankees have a record of 12-3 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 0-8. The Yankees have a 4-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore ranks in the top 10 of the league at seventh when it comes to home runs, hitting 34 this season. New York ranks in the top five at fourth with 36.
Ranking seventh, New York is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.48 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.08.
Ranking eighth, New York is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.743). Baltimore ranks in the top five at third with an OPS of .768.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 7-10. When the Yankees allow one or more homers, they have a 10-7 record.