LADY AT THE BAT: Yankees vs Orioles: For The Birds!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Yankees vs Orioles: For The Birds!

The Yankees are now in a virtual tie with Seattle for the lead in the AL Wild Card. More surprisingly, they are now only 4 games behind the AL East leading Boston Red Sox! I knew they'd make up ground in the Wild Card, but I never thought they'd get this close to Boston again.

Now comes a test: The Baltimore Orioles. Yes, the Orioles. The Yankees are 3-6 versus 4th place Baltimore this year, a team that is under .500 and 15.5 games out of first place. The only losing series the Yankees have had during this current run has been to the Orioles.

Tonight the pitching match up is Jeremy Guthrie vs Chien-Ming Wang. In two starts vs New York, Guthrie is 1-0 with a 2.92 ERA. Wang, on the other hand, has been pounded by the O's in two starts against them. They have a .383 batting average off him. Kevin Millar will be salivating as game time approaches. He's 4-5 with a triple and an RBI against Wang this season, who is coming off his worst start of the season, allowing 8 runs in 2.3 innings vs Toronto last week.

Since Roger Clemens is still serving his five-game suspension, Jeff Karstens will get the start in game two of the series, against Daniel Cabrerra. This one looks like a toss-up. However, in game 3 it'll be strikeout leader Erik Bedard against Mike Mussina. Mussina's been pitching a lot better of late, but Bedard is still the better pitcher right now.

Yeah, the Yankees have big series coming up with the Tigers, the Angels and the Red Sox. But first, let's see if they can get to .500 against the Baltimore Orioles.

The lady

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