MLB Prediction: New York Yankees vs Baltimore Orioles
The New York Yankees (54-48) will be up against the Baltimore Orioles (62-40) at the Oriole Park. According to ESPN Analytics, the Yankees are favored with a probability of 60.5% to win the match.
New York Yankees (54-48, 22-24 AWAY)
Gerrit Cole is the projected starting pitcher for the Yankees. With a record of 9-2, a 2.78 ERA, and a 1.08 WHIP, Cole’s season has been outstanding. The low ERA indicates a solid ability to limit runs, which could pose a challenge for the Orioles.
Aaron Judge, who is back in the lineup after a stint on the 10-Day IL, has been the offensive highlight for the Yankees, with 19 home runs and a .291 average. His return is likely to provide a significant power boost to the Yankees' lineup.
The Yankees have a few injuries, including key pitcher Luis Serna and Jonathan Loaisiga both on the 60-day injured list, and Roderick Arias listed as out. Despite these injuries, the return of Aaron Judge could balance out the team's performance.
Baltimore Orioles (62-40, 30-20 HOME)
The Orioles will likely start with Grayson Rodriguez on the mound. Rodriguez has a 2-2 record, a high 6.91 ERA, and a 1.66 WHIP. His high ERA and WHIP indicate struggles with control, which could be exploited by the Yankees' hitters.
Anthony Santander has been a standout for the Orioles, leading the team in home runs (17) and RBIs (55). However, his performance might not be enough against the formidable Yankees' pitcher, Gerrit Cole.
The Orioles have some injury concerns with key players Aaron Hicks and Cedric Mullins on the 10-day injured list, which could affect the team's overall performance.
Considering the Yankees' impressive pitcher Gerrit Cole, the return of power hitter Aaron Judge, and the Orioles' struggles with Grayson Rodriguez, it’s expected that the Yankees will capitalize on these advantages to secure a win. Conversely, the Orioles are dealing with key injuries and their pitching has been inconsistent. This could be detrimental in this matchup against a rejuvenated Yankees lineup.
So, for those reasons, our prediction is that the New York Yankees will come out on top in this game. Despite some injuries, the Yankees have displayed a more balanced performance across the season and with key players back in form, we expect that to continue in this matchup.
Pick: Yankees ML -125