After getting swept out of Minnesota, the Orioles close out the first half of the season with an eight-game homestand beginning today with a doubleheader against the Yankees.
The Orioles (24-65) are hoping to snap yet another lengthy losing streak before the Al-Star break. Their current six-game skid marks the eighth time that they’ve lost five or more games in a row. To make matters worse, they’ve only won once in their last 14 contests.
The Yankees (58-29) are still rolling steady after taking two of three on the road from the Blue Jays and will look to stay right on Boston’s heels in the two-horse race for the division title. They’ve won five of their seven games in July and eight of their last 12 coming into Camden Yards.
Yacabonis is making just his second start of the season. The converted closer received no decision after giving up two runs on six hits over four innings in his first start of the season against the Mariners, but he has the trust of Buck Showalter after a valiant display.
Sabathia picked up his sixth win of the season after holding the Braves to just two runs over six innings.
The Yankees long-time standout has been in sparkling form over his last six starts with a 4-2 record and
a superb 2.10 ERA over his last 38 2/3 innings.
Yefry Ramirez (0-2, 2.51 ERA) will get the nod against Luis Cessa (0-1, 5.00 ERA) in game two. Ramirez took the loss despite giving up just one run on one hit over five innings against the Phillies. The Orioles’ promising rookie has allowed just one run on four hits over 10 innings during his last two appearances.
Cessa is making just his second start of 2018 against the Orioles. He took the loss in his first start
against the Braves after allowing three runs on five hits over just three innings. Still just 25 years old, Cessa is trying to make his mark at the big-league level after a disappointing 2017 season.
Andrew Cashner (2-9, 4.39 ERA) will match-up against Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.58 ERA) on Tuesday.
Cashner took the loss in his last start against the Twins despite allowing just two runs over six innings. He will try to stay in-form against the Yankees. Luck has not been on Cashner’s side. He’s posted a stout 3.18 ERA over his last six starts, but has gone 0-3 during that span because of little run support.
Tanaka will be making his return from the DL in this match-up. The Yankees hurler was in fine form before going down. He held the Mets to one run over five innings during his last start back in June. Tanaka remains undefeated over his last nine starts and hasn’t ended up in the loss column since April 17.
Dylan Bundy (6-8, 4.08 ERA) will go head-to-head with Sonny Gray (5-7, 5.85 ERA) in Wednesday’s
series finale. Bundy struggled in his first start off the DL and allowed five runs on nine hits over just 3 1/3 innings in Minneapolis en route to his eighth loss of the season. He still owns a 3-1 record and a 3.23 ERA over his last five outings.
Gray’s nightmare campaign continued in Toronto after he allowed five runs on six hits over just two innings in his last start. He must be wondering when the rough patch will end at this point. Over his last three starts, Gray has gone 0-3 with a woeful 12.27 ERA and has pitched just 11 innings combined during that span. A former All-Star in Oakland, Gray has yet to carry that form into the Bronx Bombers pinstripes.
That’s all for now, folks!
Here’s to ending the losing skid.