April 27, 2010

Yankees-Orioles series preview

This should be a cakewalk, right? The Orioles are the worst team in baseball (3-16) and the Yankees (12-6) shouldn’t be too fazed after losing their first series of the year against the Angels over the weekend.

Expect a good portion of the people in the crowds at Camden Yards to be rooting for the Yankees because the Orioles are averaging 20,941 fans per game so far (very ugly).

Before the season, I thought the Orioles would come out to a hot start. That prediction was a total flop. To give myself some credit, injuries have played a factor in that too.

Pitching Matchups:

Date:Yankees startersOrioles starters
Tues., 7:05 p.m.Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19)Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38)
Wed., 7:05 p.m.CC Sabathia (2-1, 3.00)Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.46)
Thurs., 7:05 p.m.A.J. Burnett (2-0, 3.20)Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38)

Players to Watch:
Yankees: Alex Rodriguez.
The Orioles are another team A-Rod kills. Although he wasn’t so great against the Halos, you have to expect him to have a big series against one of the worst pitching staffs in the league.

Orioles: Ty Wigginton. The Orioles have been playing without Brian Roberts for most of the year, but that hasn’t hurt them too much because of Wiggington. He’s hitting .327/.410/.712 in 52 at-bats and has more homers than any Yankee (6).

The Yankees should sweep. The Orioles are coming off a win on Sunday over Boston (to avoid the sweep), but that’s not saying a lot as the Red Sox are off to a very slow start.

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