New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, 5-31-18 – Pick & Preview

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles, 5-31-18 – Pick & Preview

New York Yankees (33-17) vs Baltimore Orioles (17-37)

Date : 05/31/2018
Time : 7:05 PM
Location : Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are set to open another home series as they will return to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for game 1 of a 4 game set against AL East rival in the New York Yankees, first pitch is slated for 7:05 PM ET. Before this series, these two teams met for a 4 game series from 4/5 to 4/8 where Baltimore claimed 3 of those matchups.

New York Yankees's Latest Performance :

Rookie Drops Another

The New York Yankees were once the hottest team in baseball which has put them in a tight race in the AL East but as of recent, the Yanks have endured some struggles as they have traded wins and losses in their last 10 games as they are 5-5. The Yankees last series against the Houston Astros was slated to be one of their biggest series of the early season as we were receiving a preview of what is to come this postseason. The Yankees were outmatched in the series opener as the Astros were throwing veteran Justin Verlander who has been revamped in Houston, and New York was throwing rookie Domingo German who has encountered a rookie slump. German was only able to last 4 innings in his 4th start of the season as he gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits in what was his 3rd loss of the season. German was able to pitch a no-hitter through 6 innings in his first career start but since then the rookie has been horrendous as he hosts a 5.45 ERA. Although the bullpen wasn’t perfect as they gave up 1 earned run but the combination of A.J. Cole and Tommy Kahnle gave up only 2 hits in the 3.1 innings they appeared in. As the high-powered Yankees offense was only able to score 1 run off the Astros they are amused by the return of 1B Greg Bird who played in only his 3rd game of 2018. Greg Bird has been one of the most overhyped players in the Yankees farm system and the 25-year-old was able to show why in this 5/28 matchup as he went 2 for 4 with 1 HR in which was the 21st of his young career.

Baltimore Orioles's Latest Performance :

Shutout At Home

The Baltimore Orioles are 20 games below .500 which tells us a lot about the way that this struggling franchise is going about business in the 2018 season, and their recent home series opener against the Washington Nationals didn’t go as planned as they were shutout 6-0. The Orioles have not excelled in any brand of baseball this season but the starting pitchers have easily been at the top of the Orioles problems and one of those guys includes Alex Cobb. Cobb is in his first year in an Orioles uniform as he pitched 6 years in Tampa Bay and although the Orioles were not expecting the 30-year-old to be an ace they were hoping he would be similar to his 2013 self where he went 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA. Cobb got roughed up in his 9th start of the season against the Nationals as the right-handed pitcher gave up 3 earned runs to take his ERA to a 6.80 and extend his record to 1-7. As we have come to expect this is a typical outing out of the veteran, but one guy we did not see having a bad outing is reliever Richard Bleier as the 3rd-year lefty entered this matchup with a 3-0 record and a 1.37 ERA. Bleier was not on his A game as the youngster gave up 3 earned runs on 5 hits while only recording 2 outs. The Orioles actually won the hitting battle as they recorded 7 hits compared to the Nationals 4 but they were shutout in the end. Even though superstar Manny Machado recorded a hit in this matchup the best hitter on the team has endured a small slump of his own as he is only batting .200 in the last 7 games which is well below his season average of .322.

How New York Yankees & Baltimore Orioles Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

New York is 33-17, 13-8 on the road.

Baltimore is 17-37, 10-14 at home.

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The probable starting pitchers for this matchup is as follows: Sonny Gray (3-4, 5.98 ERA) for the New York Yankees vs. Andrew Cashner (2-6, 5.07 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles.

Gray last started on 5/26 against the Angels where he went 3.2 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 7 hits in a L.

Cashner last started on 5/26 against the Rays where he went 5 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 11 hits in a L.

New York ranks #1 in runs scored while Baltimore ranks in the bottom 10.

New York ranks outside the top 10 in team ERA while Baltimore ranks in the bottom 3.

Against The Spread Selection: New York Yankees

My reason for the pick :

The New York Yankees may not be putting up 10 game win streaks like they once were at the beginning of May but they are still one of the best teams in baseball and given they have had to play some hard teams over the last few weeks they may be getting what they needed. Sonny Gray has been awful in his short time in a pinstripe uniform but in his defense, the righty has gone up against some solid teams which doesn’t excuse the terrible play but he has the chance to turn around his slow start as anyone outside Manny Machado doesn’t scare any pitcher. The Yankees bats should have a field day off the 2nd worse pitching staff in the MLB and with the Orioles park being a hittable park I will take the best offense. Yankees win on the road.

Betting trends for New York Yankees:

  • New York is 19-13 in night games this season.

  • The over is 29-20-1 in all games this season.

Betting trends for Baltimore Orioles:

  • Baltimore is 3-7 as the home underdog this season.

  • The over is 13-9-1 in AL East games this season.


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