Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
When and Where: Tuesday, May 14, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y., 6:35 p.m. EDT.
J.A. Happ hopes facing the Baltimore Orioles for the third time this season is the charm as he goes for his first win in 2019 versus the AL East rivals Tuesday night when the New York Yankees start their rain-adjusted three-game series in the Bronx.
Cashner coming off unrewarded solid outing for O’s
Andrew Cashner (4-1, 4.25 ERA) and John Means have combined for nine of Baltimore’s 14 wins heading into the series opener, and Cashner is making his third bid for a fifth win that would surpass his 2018 total.
Andrew Cashner is the Orioles’ only starter to reach 100 pitches, but Brandon Hyde says that isn’t a limit https://t.co/Aib6Wu5nSb
— Baltimore Sun Sports (@BaltSunSports) May 9, 2019
The right-hander made only one mistake versus the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday — a solo homer by Mookie Betts — but it was enough to prevent him from a decision as Boston outlasted Baltimore 2-1 in 12 innings. Cashner is unbeaten in his last four starts, posting a 3.27 ERA over 22 innings in that span.
Cashner’s ability to work in and out of trouble — opposing hitters are batting .241 against him with runners in scoring position — is keeping the Orioles in most games, but also occasionally hindering his chances of pitching deep in games. He likely has the longest leash among Brandon Hyde’s starters, but it continues to be a game-by-game basis for the first-year manager.
“A lot depends on — for me, it’s traffic on the bases, stressful innings,” Hyde told the Baltimore Sun. “Like Cash’s last start in Chicago, where it was right around 100 and it was only through four, but that fourth inning was 30 something pitches, and he was pitching out of traffic the entire inning, so that definitely factors into it.
“If they’re breezing through the game and there’s a lot of low stress innings, especially later on, I’d look to extend guys a little bit, but I’m not gonna overextend a guy that is continuing to pitch stressful inning after stressful inning.”
Cashner did not have many stressful innings in his season debut versus the Yankees on March 28 because Hyde lifted him after four-plus in Baltimore’s 7-2 loss. Cashner was tagged for six runs and six hits with four walks while throwing only 42 of his 75 pitches for strikes.
The righty is 2-4 with a 4.01 ERA in eight career starts versus New York but has lost his last three decisions in a four-start span, giving up 18 runs and 29 hits in 23 1-3 innings for a 6.56 ERA. Gleyber Torres is 4 for 7 with a double versus Cashner, and DJ LeMahieu is 6 for 19 with a two-bagger.
Happ looks to win back-to-back starts for the first time in 2019
A 17-game winner last year splitting time between Toronto and New York, Happ (2-3, 4.36) has shown only flashes of the form that saw him go 7-0 after being acquired by the Yankees.
Tonight's Yankees game vs the Orioles has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. It will be made up this Wednesday, May 15th, as part of a single-game admission doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. All Yankee Stadium Gates will open at 2:00 p.m. for the doubleheader.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 14, 2019
The left-hander has bracketed a poor outing with two solid ones, throwing 12 shutout innings and picking up two victories around a loss to the Minnesota Twins. Happ powered through five innings versus the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, yielding one hit and two walks while striking out seven in New York’s 3-1 win.
“I think I just held some frustration from that last start,” Happ told the New York Post. “Pitching with an edge or whatever you want to call it, I was definitely focused out there. I do think that helped a little bit.”
That focus was not evident in his two starts versus Baltimore to open 2019. The southpaw lost the first and had a no-decision in the second, yielding six runs and 10 hits — three of them home runs — in 8 1-3 innings. Happ is 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA in four starts against the Orioles since joining the Yankees and 7-7 with a 3.21 ERA in 21 overall.
Renato Nunez has given Happ fits, going 6 for 13 with a pair of homers and a double. Trey Mancini and Chris Davis have also taken him deep twice, with Mancini hitting homers in both games this year while going 7 for 23.
Davis, though, is 4 for 27 with 12 strikeouts.
The Orioles are:
- 1-10 in their last 11 games vs. left-handed starters.
- 4-11 in Cashner’s last 15 starts following a quality start in his previous appearance.
- 21-50 in their last 71 during game 2 of a series.
The Yankees are:
- 7-3 in Happ’s last 10 starts vs. AL East teams.
- 8-3 in Happ’s last 11 starts vs. sub-.500 teams.
- 5-1 in Happ’s last six starts during game 2 of a series.