Yankees shortstop has been single-handedly destroying the Orioles this season. The shortstop hit two more home runs versus Baltimore on Wednesday, bringing his season total to 10 against the O’s. Torres is batting nearly .500 in 42 at-bats with 13 RBIs versus the division-rival O’s this season. Can the Yankees complete a four-game sweep in Camden Yards on Thursday night?
Torres continues offensive onslaught vs. Orioles
Despite battling numerous early-season injuries, New York has managed to stay hot in the American League East. Torres has been a major part of the Yankees’ ability to eclipse the Tampa Bay Rays for the top spot in the division race. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been shut down from his rehab and is expected to be re-evaluated in 7-10 days, while fellow outfielder Aaron Judge remains without a timetable for his return. New York owns a 1.5-game lead over the Rays in the AL East race.
• Gleyber Torres hitting against the Orioles pic.twitter.com/khkxhRZJJi
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The Yankees are scheduled to close the series with veteran right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who will take the mound in hopes of extending his current quality starts streak to four games. Tanaka has lowered his ERA by nearly a full run over his last three outings — all quality starts — and he is 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA during that span. He fresh off of tossing six scoreless innings of three-hit ball in his last start versus the division-rival Rays. The Yankees’ right-hander comes in with a 3-3 overall record to go along with a 3.09 ERA in 10 starts this season.
Tanaka opened the year with 5 ⅔ innings of two-run (one earned) ball in a 7-2 victory over Baltimore. He went 3-2 with a 4.15 ERA over his previous eight outings against the Orioles dating back to 2016. According to Baseball Savant, the current O’s roster is batting .282 in 83 plate appearances off of the Yankees’ right-hander.
Bundy showing signs of life for Orioles
Baltimore is scheduled to counter with 26-year-old Dylan Bundy for his 10th start of the season. After a couple of down years, Bundy appears to be regaining confidence on the mound for the Orioles. He’s allowed three earned runs or less in seven of his nine outings this season, while pitching into the sixth inning or later in three of his last five starts. He enters with a 4.66 ERA and a 2-5 overall record, but there are some signs that point to some regression for the O’s right-hander. Bundy has benefited from a .244 BABIP and his FIP (5.63) is nearly a full-run higher than his current ERA.
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Bundy has made two starts against the Yankees this season, but was chased before completing four innings on both occasions. He has allowed six runs on eight hits in just 7 ⅓ combined frames versus the Bronx Bombers this season, which amounts to a 7.36 ERA. Dating back to 2016, Bundy is 2-5 with a 6.18 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) against the Yankees.
According to Baseball Savant, the current New York roster is batting .263 in 111 plate appearances off of the Orioles’ right-hander.
- Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 road games.
- Yankees are 20-6 in their last 26 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Yankees are 22-7 in their last 29 overall.
- Orioles are 7-20 in Bundy’s last 27 starts.
- Orioles are 5-21 in Bundy’s last 26 starts vs. American League East.
- Orioles are 1-6 in Bundy’s last 7 home starts.