New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles host the New York Yankees on Friday as they play game one of their weekend series. The Yankees are -165 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 10.
The Baltimore Orioles are improved over last season but for them unfortunately it means they still have the worst record in the American League. The Orioles have won four games in a row, are 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 29-25 at home this season. As a team Baltimore is hitting .257 led by Adam Jones at .294, Nick Markasis at .287, and Valdimir Guerrero at .277. As a team the Orioles pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.84 with the starters at 5.22 and the bullpen at 4.23. For game one Baltimore starts Tommy Hunter who makes his fifth start after coming over from Texas. Since making the move Hunter has allowed 12 hits and five earned runs while striking out 10 over 15.1 innings of work.
The New York Yankees lost in extra innings to Oakland on Wednesday and after trailing big early, the ended the series laying 22 runs on the Athletics. The Yankees are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 37-24 on the road this season, and having been moving in and out of first place all season as they battle in the A.L. East with the Boston Red Sox. As a team New York is hitting .268 with Robinson Cano at .304, Derek Jeter at .299, and Alex Rodriguez at .293. As a team the Yankees pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.84 with the starters at 3.85 and the bullpen at 3.04. For game one at Camden Yards New York starts A.J. Burnett who was tattooed in his last outing. For the season Burnett has allowed 151 hits and 86 earned runs while striking out 132 over 156 innings of work.
Baltimore is 17-37 in their last 54 overall, 5-11 in their last 16 game one of a series, and 2-6 in their last eight home games. New York is 7-2 in their last nine games against a right handed starter, 10-4 in their last 14 road games, and 5-2 in Burnett’s last seven road starts. New York is 4-1 in Burnett’s last five starts at Baltimore.
Burnett has had his way with Baltimore over the years but he has been a mess of late while the Orioles are hot and Hunter may have the edge here at a nice price.
Baltimore Orioles +145 New York Yankees