Yesterday was the Yankees last off-day until after the trade deadline, which means there’s about two weeks worth of non-stop baseball to play. While the Yankees gained a half-game on the Tampa Bay Rays (Rays lost last night) and a full game on the Boston Red Sox (Red Sox played a doubleheader), they have their newest challenge ahead of them; facing he Balitmore Orioles in a three game set at Yankee Stadium.
This is the first time the Yankees and Orioles have faced off since last month, and they’re not slated to face off again until September, but the Yankees only have one goal in mind this week; win their fifth series in a row.
“Any time you start playing teams in your division when the season’s winding down, all those games are big,” CC Sabathia said after Sunday’s win against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium.
The Baltimore Orioles are quite similar to the Yankees in a way; they have the pitching and the hitting, but unlike the Yankees, the Orioles haven’t exactly clicked as a team, which explains why the Orioles are four games behind the Yankees entering into tonight.
“Baltimore is a similar type of team,” Alex Rodriguez said about the Orioles ball club. “They can it the ball out of the ballpark and they have good pitching.”
Tonight, the Orioles have their work cut out for them with Nathan Eovaldi taking the mound and going for his tenth win of the season. And the Yankees also have their work cut out for them, facing Wei-Yin Chen in the first game of this three game set.