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Yankees vs. Orioles Series Notes
According to MLB.com:
- Friday, July 22, 7:05 p.m. ET: Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.86) vs Tyler Wells (7-5, 3.38)
- Saturday, July 23, 7:05 p.m. ET: Gerrit Cole (9-2, 3.02) vs Jordan Lyles (6-8, 4.76)
- Sunday, July 24, 1:35 p.m. ET: Nestor Cortes (7-3, 2.63) vs Dean Kremer (3-1, 2.59)
- New York is 8-2 in its last 10 meetings with Baltimore.
- In six of their last seven games, the Yankees have gone over the Total Runs line.
- The Orioles have not lost a series since July 1-3 at Minnesota.
- Baltimore is averaging 5.3 runs per game in its last 12 games, the highest total in MLB.
- The O’s have won eight straight games at Camden Yards. Their last loss in Baltimore was June 21.
- The Yankees are 8-9 in July with a 4.24 ERA (more than a run above their season mark).
Hot/Cold Hitters, Pitchers
- Aaron Judge may be getting into a groove: he has four homers in his last 24 plate appearances.
- Anthony Rizzo is hitting .182 with one RBI in his last seven games.
- Rookie Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman has a .956 OPS in his last 12 games, with a pair of homers and seven RBI.
- Wells has been Baltimore’s best pitcher against NYY this season: two starts, five innings and two runs each time.
- Cole has topped 10 Ks in each of his last two starts.
- Taillon has a 6.61 ERA in July in three starts. He’s surrendered six home runs.
- Lyles recorded just eight outs and allowed six earned runs in his last start. He has not struck out as many as five batters in a game since July 2.
History of the Yankees-Orioles Rivalry
Everybody loves some Yankees-Red Sox rivalry baseball. But there was a time when the Yankees and Orioles had a serious grudge against each other, and for many years those two teams battled for supremacy in the AL East.
Earl Weaver, the famous little manager of the Orioles, who set an animated record for being tossed from baseball games, once said of the Yankees: “Hating that team makes you feel good inside.”
Here are some highlights of the rivalry between Baltimore and New York:
- In 1901, the new American League wanted to place a team in New York, but were worried it would suffer in competition for fans with the established Giants in the National League. So, it instead had a team in Baltimore called the Orioles. In 1902, that team’s manager, John McGraw, fed up with what he felt was amateur decisions by the AL, left the Orioles and went to the Giants, even taking the best Orioles’ players with him. The AL was livid, and in 1903 they voted to place a team in New York to battle McGraw and the Giants for headlines and revenue. Thus, the team that became the “Yankees” was born of a feud because the Baltimore manager had a feud with the league leadership.
- On January 5, 1920, the Yankees purchased Baltimore native George Herman “Babe” Ruth from the Red Sox. Ruth split his childhood in Baltimore between orphanages and a small room in the back of his father’s saloon. He had 49 home runs on his ledger when he was sold to New York, but the Baltimore-bred Bambino blasted 659 as a Yankee.
- The Orioles returned to the AL in 1954, moving from St. Louis where the franchise was known as the Browns.
- On September 20, 1958, Hoyt Wilhelm used his fluttering knuckleball to pitch a no-hitter against the three-time defending AL champion Yankees. It would be 45 years before the Yanks would be no-hit again.
- In 1969, the AL was split into two divisions, with the Orioles and Yankees in the East. From 1969 to 1983, either the Yankees or the Orioles won 12 of the 15 division titles. In 1980, the O’s won 100 games but finished second to the Yanks, who won 103.
- In Game One of the 1996 ALCS, the Yanks trailed the O’s by a run in the eighth inning when Derek Jeter hit a fly ball to the warning track at Yankee Stadium. A 12-year old fan named Jeffrey Maier reached onto the field and caught the ball, denying the Baltimore outfielder a chance to catch it. The play was ruled a home run and the Yankees won that game and went on to win the series.
- In 2012, former Yankee manager Buck Showalter led his Orioles against New York in the playoffs. But in Game Five of the ALDS, the Yanks eliminated the O’s.