After dropping (quite literally) the season opening series to the Boston Red Sox, the Baltimore Orioles bounced back against the Texas Rangers, taking two of three to win the series. The team now heads to Camden Yards to start their home slate against a divisional foe, that being the New York Yankees.
Baltimore Orioles play first home series of 2023 against the New York Yankees
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The Yankees have gotten off to a strong start this season, winning two of three games at home against both the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres are tied for the team lead in home runs with two, while Torres paces the Yankees with six RBI's and a .421 batting average.
The Orioles and Yankees squared off 19 times last season as divisional foes. While the Orioles gave the Yankees all they had, it was New York who went 12-7 against the Orioles last season to take the season series.
Friday, 4/7: Clarke Schmidt vs Dean Kremer
The Yankees haven't officially announced Schmidt as the starter, but FanGraphs projects it to be him, so we're going with his numbers. Schmidt cracked the starting rotation due to a litany of injuries. In his only start of the season, he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings.
Kremer toed the rubber for game two of the season against the Boston Red Sox. He was tagged for five runs on six hits and a walk, lasting just three innings for a 15.00 ERA. The Orioles will hope for a bounce back start from their number two starter against another AL East foe.
Saturday, 4/8: Nestor Cortes vs Cole Irvin
The middle game is a battle of southpaws. Cortes, who was unable to play in the WBC due to injury, is coming off a strong first start of the season. He allowed one run on seven hits, not walking anyone in five innings, good for a 1.80 ERA.
Like Kremer before him, Irvin got hit hard against the Red Sox in his first start and will look to bounce back. Irvin was responsible for six runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out four hitters in four innings of work, which gives him a 13.50 ERA after one start.
Sunday, 4/9: Domingo Germán vs Tyler Wells
The series finale pits Germán against Wells. Germán had an issue with the long ball in his first start of the season, giving up four runs on two homers and four hits, striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings, giving him a 7.71 ERA entering his second start.
Wells has not been officially announced as the Orioles starter, but he is listed by the FanGraphs projections. Wells was thrust into action in a long relief role after Kyle Bradish was struck by a line drive, and he delivered five hitless innings, striking out two hitters.
After their first series win of the season in Arlington, the Orioles will look to continue riding the momentum, and especially against this current patchwork Yankees rotation, it's an optimal time to start stacking wins. Let's play some ball!