BALTIMORE — The Orioles return to Camden Yards earlier this week did not have the soothing effect one might hope. After dropping the last two games of their series against Tampa Bay, the O’s came home and got swept by the Washington Nationals.
Tis weekend the New York Yankees will visit Camden Yards for the first time this season for a four game set against the basement dwelling O’s. Unlike the O’s, New York continues to find themselves in a constant battle with Boston for the AL East crown. While it is still very early, the Yankees can’t afford to lose matchups like this weekend’s series if they want to keep pace with Boston. With that being said, the O’s have already showed they can give the Yankees trouble despite being one of the worst teams in the league.
Last meeting: The Orioles and Yankees squared off back in early in April with a four game weekend series at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles ended up surprising everyone and took the series 3-1 thanks to a pair of extra inning wins. Manny Machado led the way for the Baltimore offense with seven hits and four RBI’s in the series. Things were not going as well at the time for Giancarlo Stanton. The Yankees newly acquired slugger struck out eight times in the series, five of which came in Sunday’s 12 inning finale.
Game times and pitching matchups:
Notes on Orioles:
- The Oriole’s lineup is full of inconsistent hitters but there are some slumps that start to become very concerning the longer they go on. Trey Mancini is in the midst of one right now and while the cause has not been directly attributed to anything, many fear that a lingering injury could be to blame. Mancini got off to a solid start in 2018 and hit .284 through most of April. However, on April 20 Mancini injured his knee while sliding into the wall in left field. It forced him to leave the game but he returned to field a few days later. Since experiencing that scare, Mancini is batting .198 and has picked up just one hit in his last six games.
- The Orioles have played quite a few series against division opponents so far in 2018 but have only managed to win a pair of them. Coming into their second meeting with the Yankees, the O’s hold a record of 9-14 against fellow AL East teams.
Notes on Yankees:
- Yankees veteran starter, CC Sabathia will be making his 43rd career start against the O’s this weekend. The only team he has faced more in his 18 years in the majors is the Tampa Bay Rays (45). Twenty five of those starts have taken place at Camden yards where Sabathia holds an 11-7 record with a 3.58 ERA.
- When these teams last met in early April, Didi Gregorius was off to a scorching hot start. The Yankees shortstop was batting .375 and had accumulated ten RBI’s through the first ten games of the season. Since then Gregorius has cooled down significantly and is batting .146 in the month of May with just four RBI’s.
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