New York Yankees versus Baltimore Orioles (May 23)
The New York Yankees have taken over first place in the AL East with a record of 29-17.
They face the Baltimore Orioles, who are last in the division, 14.5 games out.
Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start for the Yankees and Dylan Bundy is slated to go for the Orioles.
The Yankees have been pounding the baseball, racking up 70 home runs and are averaging over 5.1 runs per game.
Gary Sanchez leads the team with 13 home runs and has 26 RBI. Luke Voit tops the Yankees in RBI with 34 and is second in home runs with 11.
Gleyber Torres completes the power trio with 10 home runs and 23 RBI.
For the Orioles, they are lead by Trey Mancini, who is batting .303 with 10 home runs and 23 RBI.
Dwight Smith has added some power production with eight home runs and 28 RBI, while Renato Nunez has also hit eight long balls with 20 RBI.
The offensive production drops off significantly from there and as a team, the Orioles are hitting only .236 with an average of 3.9 runs per game.
On the mound, Tanaka has a mediocre 3-3 record, but a very solid ERA of 3.09 with 53 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings.
He can be hurt by the long ball, allowing eight so far this season. A strength of the Yankees is the bull pen.
Closer Aroldis Champman has recorded 12 saves with 30 strikeouts in 18 2/3 innings and an ERA under two.
Zack Britton, Tommy Kahnle and Adam Ottavino have combined to a slim 1.90 ERA. As a team, the Yankees have given up around four runs per game.
Dylan Bundy is just 2-5 with a 4.66 ERA this season, allowing a large number of home runs, 11 in 46 1/3 innings.
One of the only good performances out of the Orioles’ bull pen this season has been from Paul Fry, wit ha 3.15 ERA in 20 innings.
The most frequently used members in relief, Miguel Castro, Mychal Givens and Jimmy Yacobonis have a combined 6.11 ERA.
All told, the Orioles have given up nearly six runs per game.
The Yankees are hot offensively, which doesn’t bode well for an Orioles team that has had difficulty keeping the ball in the yard.
Baltimore has a shot to score against Tanaka, who has also been prone to the long ball.
This should be a high scoring game, with the Yankees dominating play. Expect at least 6 or 7 runs for the Yankees with the Orioles scoring four.