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Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees

July 12, 2024


The best teams in the AL East will face each other in a three-game weekend series when the New York Yankees travel to Baltimore, Maryland, to face the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The first pitch of Game 1 is scheduled for 7:05 pm ET on Friday night and will air on ESPN+, MASN, and the YES Network.


New York Yankees Team Preview


The New York Yankees are one of the top teams in the American League. However, they have been on a cold streak lately, compiling a record of 7-18 over their last 25 games, including a 1-2 series loss on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays. This loss dropped their record to 56-39 this season, putting them in second place in the AL East, only behind the Baltimore Orioles. This gives them the third-best record in the American League, also behind the Cleveland Guardians.


The Yankees are coming off a 4-5 loss in Game 3 of their series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, with both Juan Solo and Austin Wells hitting one-run home runs, with Soto hitting his 22nd home run of the season in the 3rd inning. Nestor Cortes had his worst start this season as he only pitched 4 ? innings, allowing five runs and striking out four batters against the Rays in the loss to drop his record this season to 4-8.


The Yankees have faced the Orioles in two series this season, with New York losing five of the seven while being outscored by Baltimore by an average of 3 to 5.57 runs per game in those matchups. The New York Yankees will look to end their two-game losing streak in the series when they travel to face the Baltimore Orioles for Game 1.


Baltimore Orioles Team Preview


The Baltimore Orioles are 21 games over .500 at 57-36, which puts them in first place in the AL East. This gives them a two-game lead over the New York Yankees for first place in the division. It also gives them the second-best record in the American League, only behind the Cleveland Guardians.


However, the Orioles are coming off a 0-3 series sweep at home against the Chicago Cubs and were outscored by the Cubs 2-21 in the series after being shutout in Game 2 by a score of 0-4 on Wednesday and shutout again in Game 3 on Thursday by a score of 0-8. Albert Suarez struggled in the start against the Cubs as he saw his record drop to 5-3 on the year after pitching five innings, allowing four runs, and recording four strikeouts in the game.


The Orioles have won five of the seven games this season and seven of the last ten games in the series against the Yankees while having outscored New York by an average of 5.2 to 3.2 runs per game in those matchups. The Baltimore Orioles will look to end their three-game losing streak and extend their winning streak in the series to three games when they host the New York Yankees for Game 1 of the series on Friday night.


Odds and Series Trends


WagerWeb lists the New York Yankees as -134 moneyline favorites on the road against the Baltimore Orioles for Game 1 of the series on Friday night. Baltimore has won seven of the last ten games with an average margin of 2 runs per game and two of the previous three games in the series with an average margin of 3.67 runs per game.


Game Pick


The AL East division appears to be a two-team race this season between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. However, both teams are coming off series losses. The Orioles have not produced a run in their last two games, while the Yankees have lost 18 of their previous 25 games.


Baltimore has won both series this season against New York following a 3-1 series in the first series and a 2-1 series win in the 2nd series while having won five of the last seven home games in the series, which is why I am taking the moneyline for the Baltimore Orioles when they host the New York Yankees for Game 1 of the series on Friday night.


Pick: Baltimore Orioles (+113)