The Baltimore Orioles (15-9) and New York Yankees (13-10) will complete a three-game American League East series on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET on ESPN
Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
Baltimore has a shot of winning this series after capturing a 7-1 win over New York on Tuesday night, as the club has won seven of its last 10 games overall. The Orioles are still in second place in the AL East division, sitting just a game back of the Tampa Bay Rays. The margin of victory was also a welcomed event for the visitor, as eight of the last nine games in this series were decided by two or fewer runs. Baltimore is 13-8 versus right-handed starters this year and the “under” is 13-7 in that situation.
Orioles starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (1-2, 4.45 ERA) will look to snap a two-game losing streak when making his sixth start of the season, coming off a 5-2 home loss to the Oakland Athletics, giving up four runs and four hits over 5.2 innings. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two road games this year, but has issued just four walks and struck out 12 in 11 frames. In six career games versus the Yankees, Arrieta is 2-1 with a 4.25 ERA, including an even 1-1 mark and 3.63 ERA in three outings at Yankee Stadium.
New York is set to finish out a six-game homestand and hopes to bounce back after last night’s loss by following captain Derek Jeter offensively. He is leading the AL with a .400 batting average, going 11 for 23 (.478) at the plate against the Orioles this season. The Yankees have been held to three combined runs in the first two games of this series, which immediately followed 18 runs in winning two of three against the Detroit Tigers over the weekend. New York is 31-28 in May the last two-plus years.
Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova (3-0, 5.18 ERA) has led the club to victory in all four of his starts, including a 7-6 home win over the Detroit Tigers last time out. He allowed seasons highs in runs (6) and hits (11) in the no-decision effort. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA in two home starts, as opponents are hitting .365 against him. Nova has won his last 15 decisions dating back to June 10 of last year, as he looks to improve upon his 3-0 mark and 3.34 ERA in five career starts versus the Orioles.
Bettors will likely back the Yankees due to their 9-2 record in Nova’s last 11 starts as a home favorite, while the Orioles are 1-5 in Arrieta’s last six outings versus divisional foes.