Yankees-Orioles Pitching Matchups and Preview
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Chris Tillman (0-0, 3.38 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (2-0, 4.09 ERA)
Tillman has not picked up a win or a loss yet, but the righty has been uneven in his outings. In his last outing he allowed four runs to the Detroit Tigers and pitched a 32-pitch first inning. Burnett is showing his usual success in April with the Yankees and he’s coming off a solid start against the Minnesota Twins where he struck out five and walked two in six innings.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
TBA vs. Phil Hughes (0-1, 16.50 ERA)
The Orioles have not officially announced their pitcher for the second game of the series. Minor league pitcher Brad Bergesen was scratched from his last start in Triple-A and it looks like he may get the ball tomorrow night. The O’s could also go with reliever Chris Jakubauskas as he is working in three days rest. Hughes is coming off two terrible outings against the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. He is missing his velocity in his fastball and hopes to overcome that in his start tomorrow night.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Jake Arrieta (1-1, 8.68 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 6.10 ERA)
Arrieta is coming off a rough start after allowing eight runs to the Texas Rangers in the second outing of a double header and only lasted 3.1 innings. Nova is coming of his shortest outing lasting 4.1 innings against the Boston Red Sox and is looking to bounce back.
Although the New York Yankees are the better team, the Baltimore Orioles are going to be that little scratch on the back of your neck that won’t stop itching. The numbers may not show it, but this team is currently sitting in first place of the American League East and the Yankees are looking to change that.
Vladimir Guerrero is leading the O’s with a 2.70 AVG in 37 AB. Felix Pie has a .357 AVG in just 14 AB.
The Yankees have .300+ hitters in Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, and Russell Martin. Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner, and Mark Teixeira need to take this series as an opportunity to bounce back from slumps and Nick Swisher needs to find a way to get going in this series which he usually does against the O’s.