Yankees vs Orioles series preview: Battered pinstripes aim to bounce back vs Orioles to begin tough homestand

Yankees take on arch American League East rivals Baltimore Orioles in a crucial series on 18th June, 2024.
Esteban Quiñones
Tuesday June 18, 2024

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As the summer heats up, so does the competition in the AL East. The New York Yankees (50-24) host the Baltimore Orioles (47-24) in a crucial three-game series beginning Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. This series is more than just a set of games; it’s a heavyweight bout between the top two teams in the division, both aiming to distance themselves from the pack. Baltimore, trailing New York by just a handful of games, leads the season series 3-1, set the ideal stage for the Bronx Bombers to stage a dramatic comeback. The two teams are also competing as the best in the American League, and are separated by a mere 3 games right now.

Both teams come into this series on divergent paths. The Orioles soared past the Philadelphia Phillies with an 8-3 win recently. On the other hand, the Yankees faced disappointment against their arch-rivals, the Boston Red Sox, losing two of three games. Despite these recent outcomes, the Yankees and Orioles boast among the best records in baseball and the top two in run differentials, signaling their dominance in the league. With Baltimore leading the league in home runs and the Yankees not far behind, and both teams showcasing stellar pitching staffs, this series is billed as a clash of titans, potentially previewing a deep postseason run.

Yankees vs Orioles head-to-head

The season series currently favors Baltimore 3-1, showcasing their capability to challenge the Yankees. Historically, the matchups have been heavily skewed in New York’s favor with the Yankees winning 1,355 of the 2,287 games played between the two, holding a winning percentage of .596. However, recent performances by the Orioles, especially their dominance in the last series at Camden Yards, suggest a shift in this dynamic, setting the stage for an exhilarating series.

Yankees vs. Orioles: When, where, how to watch

  • Game 1: June 18th, 7:05 PM ET — Watch on YES, TBS
  • Game 2: June 19th, 7:05 PM ET — Watch on Amazon Prime Video, MLBN
  • Game 3: June 20th, 4:05 PM ET — Watch on YES, MLBN

Fans can catch the action live from Yankee Stadium or tune in on the listed networks. With the division race heating up, each game will be critical in determining the standings.

Yankees vs Orioles starts

  • Game 1: RHP Albert Suarez (BAL) vs. LHP Nestor Cortes (NYY)
  • Game 2: LHP Cade Povich (BAL) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (NYY)
  • Game 3: LHP Cole Irvin (BAL) vs. RHP Luis Gil (NYY)

Yankees latest news

The New York Yankees are at a pivotal juncture of their season as they return to the Bronx with the bitter taste of defeat still fresh, having lost their recent series to the Boston Red Sox. The series exposed some chinks in their armor, particularly their inability to handle speed on the bases and to capitalize on scoring opportunities. The Yankees, however, are known for their resilience and will look to their slugger Aaron Judge, who leads the majors with 26 home runs, to ignite their offense.

The series also puts a spotlight on the Yankees’ pitching. Nestor Cortes, who is set to open the series, boasts an impressive 1.79 ERA at home, underscoring his comfort at Yankee Stadium. Along with Nestor Cortes having a solid start at Yankee Stadium, the ace of the pack, Gerrit Cole is all set to make his return to the Bronx and it just couldn’t be at a better time.

Yankees' Gerrit Cole's return timeline remains unknown.
New York Post

Orioles latest news

The Baltimore Orioles continue to exceed expectations, blending a mix of youthful exuberance and veteran savvy to challenge the traditional powerhouses. Coming off a series win against the Philadelphia Phillies, where they showcased their long-ball capability, the Orioles look to carry that momentum into Yankee Stadium. Key players like Gunnar Henderson and Colton Cowser have been pivotal, with Henderson blasting 22 homers to place second in the league.

The Orioles’ pitching staff, despite dealing with injuries, has maintained competitiveness. Ace Corbin Burnes has been a linchpin, but the spotlight will also be on Albert Suarez, a reliever turned starter, who boasts a sparkling 1.61 ERA. Suarez’s adaptation to the starting role has been a boon, giving Baltimore unexpected depth and reliability in their rotation. With critical players on the injured list, the Orioles’ depth will be crucial as they navigate this high-stakes series against the Yankees.

With both teams showcasing why they are at the pinnacle of the American League, this series is set to be a marquee matchup with significant implications for the postseason landscape. The Yankees aim to defend their turf and regain momentum, while the Orioles look to prove that their early-season success is no fluke. What do you think? Leave your comment below!

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