September 17, 2010

Yankees-Orioles series preview

The Yankees are currently in their worst stretch of the year. They’ve lost eight of their last 10, two of which coming against the team they play tonight, the Orioles.

This three-game series is the easiest part remaining on New York’s regular season schedule, but not by much. The Orioles have been a different team since ex-Yankee manager Buck Showalter came into power.

You probably aren’t going to believe this, but the Orioles have won 63.4 percent of the 41 games they’ve played under Showalter’s management. The O’s are still in last place by a longshot, but who knows how far out they’d be if it weren’t for Showalter.

Head to Head:
The Yankees are 12-4 against the Orioles this season, and this series is their final meeting.

Pitching Matchups:

Date: Yankees starters Orioles starters
Fri., 7:05 p.m. A.J. Burnett (10-13, 5.13) K. Milwood (3-15, 5.30)
Sat., 7:05 p.m. CC Sabathia (19-6, 3.03) J. Guthrie (10-13, 3.74)
Sun., 1:35 p.m. A. Pettitte (11-2, 2.88) Chris Tillman (1-4, 6.32)

Roster Notes: Brett Gardner is back in the lineup, Nick Swisher is out and Romulo Sanchez was called up.

The Yankees have their rotation setup for a sweep, and I think they’ll get it done. Saturday and Sunday will be very exciting, as Sabathia vies for his 20th win and Pettitte returns for his first start since July 18.

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