The Yankees head back to the Bronx after winning yet another series, this time at the hands of the Rays. They relied on quality starting pitching, dominant bullpen pitching, and an offense scoring just enough runs to get the job done. They look poised to keep their winning ways going against a Baltimore Orioles team that has struggled mightily in recent weeks.
Game 1: Monday 6:35 PM
David Hess (1-4; 5.50 ERA) vs Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1; 4.50 ERA)
Game one is a battle between David Hess and Jonathan Loaisiga. Both pitchers have really struggled so far in 2019. Hess is coming off of a game in which he gave up 3 runs in only 4 innings pitched. He did not earn a decision, but the Orioles need more out of Hess if he plans to be a starter long term. Loaisiga took the loss last time out giving up 4 runs in only 4 innings. He has not lasted more than 4 innings in any of his starts, and has repeatedly shown that he is not ready to be a starter at the major league level yet.
In two starts against the Yankees, Hess is 0-1. His loss came in a game earlier this season when he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings. Although he has held current Yankees to a .268 average, he has struggled giving up home runs. Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Hicks have all taken Hess deep. Loaisiga has appeared in one career game against the Orioles, facing 3 hitters in relief, allowing a home run and a single, while striking out the third hitter.
Game 2: Tuesday 6:35 PM
Andrew Cashner (4-1; 4.25 ERA) vs J.A. Happ (2-3; 4.36 ERA)
Game two is a matchup between Andrew Cashner and J.A. Happ. Cashner, the Orioles current leader in wins, has been one of the Orioles best starters up to this point. He is coming off of a terrific start against Boston, giving up 1 run over 6 innings. He will look to build off of that start for a team that desperately needs to win some games. Happ has steadily improved after a terrible start to the season. He is coming off of a win in his most recent start, a game in which he gave up 0 runs in 5 innings, while striking out 7.
Cashner lost his lone start against the Yankees on opening day. He gave up 6 runs in 4 innings. In his career he is 2-4 against the Yankees, with a 4.01 ERA. He has struggled against DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Austin Romine, and Gleyber Torres, allowing each of them to hit over .300 but he has been able to successfully keep the ball in the park. Happ has been dreadful this season against the Orioles. In two starts he is 0-1, giving up 6 runs in 8.1 innings pitched. He has struggled against Trey Mancini giving up 7 hits including 2 home runs and a double in 23 at bats. However, he has held Chris Davis, Jonathan Villar, Pedro Severino, and Richie Martin to 4 hits in 50 career at bats.
Game 3: Wednesday 6:35 PM
Dan Straily (1-3; 8.23 ERA) vs Domingo German (7-1; 2.70 ERA)
The series finale features the most lopsided pitching matchup of the series with the current American League leader in wins, Domingo German, squaring off against Dan Straily, who has struggled since joining the Orioles early in the season. German is coming off one of his best starts of the season, a 5 innings 2 run performance where he matched up frame for frame with Tyler Glasnow. Straily is coming off a 6 run, 4.1 inning performance against the Angels. He took the loss in the game falling to 1-3 on the season.
German is 1-0 against the Orioles this season, giving up 2 runs over 6 innings in his second start of the season. In his career, German has limited Orioles hitters to a .167 batting average in 24 at bats. He has struck out four, while only giving up 1 extra base hit (a home run to Anthony Santander). Straily has allowed 5 runs in 1.1 innings against the Yankees in 2019. In his career he is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA against the Yankees. However, he has struggled against the current crop of Yankee hitters with most of the at bats coming in his most recent performance against the team.
Who’s Hot and Who’s Not
Masahiro Tanaka (Hot)
Masahiro Tanaka put together a masterful performance on Sunday outdueling the reigning Cy Young Award winner, Blake Snell. He finally had his full arsenal of pitches working and the results showed. In the last week he has pitched 13.1 innings while only allowing 3 earned runs. In the absence of James Paxton, Tanaka has been exactly what the Yankees have needed.
Zack Britton (Hot)
It looks like the key to having Zack Britton as sharp as possible is making sure he gets regular work. In the past week he has pitched 4.1 innings in 4 appearances, without allowing a run and striking out 5. He has commanded the strike zone and his pitches have been extremely sharp. Hopefully this stretch will continue after Britton signed a huge contract this offseason.
Miguel Andujar (Not)
Miguel Andujar has been absolutely awful since coming off of the DL. In the last week he has 2 hits in 31 at bats and both of his hits have been relatively soft hit balls. Andujar is too talented with the bat for this to continue and it is likely the result of poor timing after missing a month. Despite this, the Yankees need more from Andujar who was expected to be a key part of their offense headed into the 2019 season.
Luke Voit (Not)
Luke Voit has been terrific for the Yankees so far this season. He has solidified himself as the first basemen of the future for this team and shown that his 2018 season was not a fluke. However, he has had a tough week, going 1-22, with no extra base hits. He has found other way to contribute with 3 RBIs, 4 walks, and 4 runs scored but as the best power hitter for this offense, he needs to get back on track.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Miguel Andujar has been terrible since returning from the IL. He is too talented offensively to not break out. I expect Andujar to start spraying line drives all over the field once again, just like he did in his historic 2018. As a result, he is my choice in the fantasy series.
Aaron Hicks is expected to be activated from the IL prior to Monday’s games. With the rest of the outfield struggling a bit lately, Aaron Hicks is the choice for the fantasy series. Hopefully he will get off to a hot start and help this Yankees team both defensively and offensively as they await the arrival of their other injured stars.
Domingo German has been terrific for the Yankees so far the season. He is the American League leader in wins, and he has a sub 3.00 ERA. With the other pitchers in the series being a contact pitcher in Happ and a relatively unproven pitcher in Loaisiga, the easy choice in the scenario is German.
Since being sent down to AAA, Chad Green appears to have made some mechanical corrections to his delivery and the results in his first outing were outstanding. Hopefully he is able to continue his strong performance against the Orioles. When Green is at his best, he is able to punch people out with his high fastball, much like he did on Sunday against the Rays. If he is truly back to his 2017 form, he is a great choice for the fantasy series.
The Yankees should be able to continue their recent hot stretch with yet another series victory over the Orioles. The Orioles are expected to be one of the worst teams in the MLB this season, so it is extremely important that the Yankees win these games.
Keep up with the series previews all season and as always go Yanks!
Editors Note: This is a new thing we are doing this season. Each series you will choose one outfielder, one infielder, one starting pitcher, and one relief pitcher. We are only counting two stats. Total bases for hitters and strikeouts for pitchers.
Your totals will be counted and a winner will receive a prize at the end of each month. Make sure you come back and make your picks before each series. You will find them right here on the series preview post.