The Yankees own an 11-6 advantage in the season series and it's because of an offense that has produced 141 runs so far. That is two games shy of the switch-hitter's career best.
The previous mark was 146 scored by the 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks against the Colorado Rockies. They are two runs shy of the second-highest total set by the Chicago Cubs past year against the Cincinnati Reds and the 2006 Detroit Tigers against the Kansas City Royals. Brett Gardner brought 142 hits, 90 runs, 20 homers and 58 RBI into the weekend; Didi Gregorius had 140 hits, 65 runs, 22 homers and 77 RBI. It was his 26th homer of the season and 10th with NY. "There is no explanation, sometimes those things just happen".
Our models project Headley for a.269 batting average, with 1 home run, 6 RBI, and 8 runs scored over 59 plate appearances remaining this season.
Rediscovering his stroke after a prolonged second-half slump, Judge had his second multihomer game in less than a week and is hitting.462 with 11 homers and 24 RBIs against the Orioles this season.
Originally slated to start Sunday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Sabathia was switched to Tuesday after the Yankees hammered the O's, 9-3, on Saturday.
The Yankees have now won five of their last six games, and are just three games behind the Boston Red Sox for the American League (AL) East lead.
"This was probably the toughest one we've had", Bruce said (see full recap). Meanwhile, Baltimore's hopes are fading fast since Manny Machado slugged a game-ending homer off Dellin Betances on September 5. The 2007 New York Giants, who knocked off the unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, were honored in a pregame ceremony celebrating the 10th anniversary. By putting up big numbers in the first two games, the Yankees did not need to liberally use their bullpen by putting Chad Green into games in the fifth inning.
Gray's only start for the Yankees against the Orioles occurred September 7 in Baltimore when he allowed an unearned run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings during a 9-1 rout. He is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA against the Orioles though he took a no-decision after pitching 4 2/3 innings at Baltimore on September 4.
In 2017, the Orioles have allowed 150 runs to the Yankees.
Severino is 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA in four starts against Baltimore this season. Greg Bird and Todd Frazier also hit home runs. He made a pair of starts in April against the Yankees before tossing a scoreless inning in Baltimore's 7-6 win on September 5. He rebounded to post a quality start at Cleveland on Sunday but still lost to fall to 2-4 since joining the Orioles at the trade deadline.
Manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Roger McDowell and a trainer came out to check on starter Jeremy Hellickson (8-10) after a two-out walk to Chase Headley in the third. "We've made a lot of really bad pitches that should end up in bleachers and we walk the people before they hit them". Hellickson has extensive experience against the Yankees from his time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hellickson lasted just 2 1/3 innings against the Yankees at home two turns ago, giving up three earned runs and two hits with four walks.