September 11, 2009

Orioles-Yankees series preview

The Yankees (91-50) continue their homestand this weekend with the Baltimore Orioles (56-83). Finally, my presence will be made at the new Yankee Stadium. And what a time to do it — right in the thick of Derek Jeter’s milestone chase. I will be attending tonight’s game and Saturday’s.

The Yanks are undefeated against the O’s at home this year (6-0), and are 12-3 overall. This is the last time these teams face each other this season.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Orioles starters Yankees starters
Fri., 7:05 p.m. Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66) Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.10)
Sat., 1:05 p.m. Brian Matusz (4-2, 5.26) A.J. Burnett (11-8, 4.19)
Sun., 1:05 p.m. J. Guthrie (10-13, 4.96) CC Sabathia (16-7, 3.40)

My Outlook:
It’s tough to bet against the Yankees here. They are 8-2 in their last 10, while the O’s are 3-7. Don’t forget that the Orioles have offense, but their pitching is always very suspect. With Nos. 2, 3 & 1 going for the Yankees, I believe another sweep could be in order.

Remaining opponents weighted winning percentage: 50.1 percent
Magic Number: 14

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