Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees: Series Preview for Early April Battle
Monday, April 13th, 7:05 PM EDT
Apr 7, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA;Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (16) throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Wei-Yin Chen , LHP – BAL
Chen was staked to an early lead in his first start, with the Orioles going up 6-0 after the second inning. However, he struggled his way through 4-1/3 innings, giving up three runs in the process.
Chen may not have lost the lead he was given, but when a pitcher is handed a big lead early in the game, you’d really like to see him give you some length, rather than have to go to the bullpen early. Chen failed to do that.
I’m sure Buck Showalter would love to see Chen bounce back with a solid start on Monday, especially after his bullpen put in a lot of work against Toronto.
Apr 8, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda (35) pitches during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Pineda, RHP – NYY
Pineda pitched well enough to win in his first start against the Blue Jays, giving up two runs over six innings, but the Yankees didn’t give him any support until he was already lifted from the game.
Pineda’s 2014 was short, as he only made 13 starts, but he was very good, posting a 1.89 ERA, despite his 5-5 record. He’s looking to build off that and finally become the pitcher that the Yankees traded for, after years of injuries prevented him from doing so.