Orioles In Tough In ALDS

The Baltimore Orioles dropped Game 1 of the ALDS to the New York Yankees and considering the pitching matchups the rest of the way, things don’t look great for the O’s.

Game 2 will take place in Baltimore on Monday night but they might be a little nervous about their setup. They’ll face Andy Pettitte, who has a lifetime 26-7 record against Baltimore, and they’ll counter with Wei-Yin Chen. Chen will be making his first postseason start and Orioles fans might be a tad nervous given how he finished up the regular season.

Chen went 0-4 over his last seven starts and had a tough time keeping opponents off the scoreboard. He allowed 21 runs in 37.2 innings pitched, which boils down to a 5.08 ERA. He had a 5.25 ERA against the Yankees this season.

As the series shifts over to New York for Game 3, the Orioles again won’t expected to win as the MLB odds makers are sure to have the Yankees favored when Hiroki Kuroda faces Miguel Gonzalez. Gonzalez has actually pitched well against the Yankees this season, winning both starts while posting an ERA of 2.63 and a WHIP of 0.83 against them. He also pitched better on the road this season (6-2, 2.74 ERA) than at home (3-2, 4.08 ERA).

However, Kuroda pitched very well at Yankee Stadium this year, going 11-6 with a 2.72 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. The Orioles can take solace in the fact that they beat him in New York on August 31st, winning 6-1.

The Yankees have Phil Hughes pegged for Game 4 – if the series gets to that point – and the Orioles will have a couple of options at that point. Either Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders is likely to be the choice. Tillman was lit up for seven runs in eight innings pitched against the Yankees this season (two starts) while Saunders, who is more likely to be the choice, got a win against the Yankees on September 8th. He lasted 5.1 innings while giving up just two earned runs.

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