An important American League East battle, with major playoff implications, gets started on Thursday, September 10, 2020, when the Baltimore Orioles (20-22) visit the New York Yankees (22-21) in game one of their four-game series. The Yankees are currently in third place in the AL East and trail the first place Rays by six games and Blue Jays by two games. Baltimore is in fourth place and 1.5 games back of the Yankees. This game will air live on ESPN+ at 7:05 p.m. EST.
Baltimore had a quick two-game series with the New York Mets and split it. The Orioles won the first game 11-2 before losing game two 7-6. The Orioles were on a four-game winning streak prior to the loss on Wednesday.
New York finished up a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays and dropped two of three games. Toronto won the first game 12-7 and the second game 2-1 as they aimed for the series sweep on Wednesday. The Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak with a 7-2 win on Wednesday.
Below is my pick for the Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees. All odds are from BetRivers Sportsbook.
Baltimore Orioles (+225) at New York Yankees (-275)
Pitching Matchup: Keegan Akin (0-0, 2.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) vs Gerrit Cole (4-3, 3.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP)
Keegan Akin is set to make his fourth career start, third this season, and will look to build off his most recent outing. Akin faced the Yankees five days ago and held their makeshift lineup to three hits and zero earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched. The rookie has allowed eight hits and five runs (three earned) in 13.1 innings pitched this season.
Gerrit Cole started his Yankee career brilliantly but has recently been shelled in three straight starts. In his last three starts, Cole has given up a combined 14 runs, 10 earned) and 17 hits in 16.0 innings pitched. Prior to that, in six starts, Cole gave up a combined 11 earned runs and 26 hits in 36.0 innings.
Anthony Santander has been the best offensive player for Baltimore this season as the right fielder leads the team with a .575 slugging, 11 home runs, and 32 RBI’s, Cather Pedro Severino leads the Orioles with a .322 batting average, .400 on base percentage, and a .913 OPS.
Luke Voit has been one of the only bright spots in this rough Yankees season as the first baseman leads the team with a .590 slugging, .934 OPS, 14 home runs, and 30 RBI’s. DJ LeMahieu leads the team with a .355 batting average and a .404 on base percentage. LeMahieu’s .355 batting average is first in the AL and second in the MLB.
MLB Picks: It is not great value, but I am going to back Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees.
2020 Picks Record: 49-33