After a series against the reigning world champion, the Yankees now face a team that is clearly not competitive. The Orioles are in last place when the Yankees prepare to swing through Baltimore. New York should be the favorite on paper for this series, so let's see how the matchups shake off.
Game One: Sonny Gray vs. Andrew Cashner
Everyone knows the ballad of Sonny Gray's 2018 season at this time. One of his last four starts was really great and another was pretty good. The other two were awful, and he took a combined 8.2 innings in them. Hopefully, the good Gray will face an offensive by Orioles, which is not overwhelming before Manny Machado.
Cashner has not had a great season in Baltimore so far, scoring eleven goals in five innings. Nevertheless, he managed to keep the Yankees in only six starts on April 5, which was one of the few highlights of his season.
Game Two: Masahiro Tanaka vs. Kevin Gausman
Of the Orioles' Orioles who made more than five starts, Gausman was Baltimore's Best or Second this season. That does not say much. He comes with 97 ERA + and has allowed 13 runs in his last three starts, which is not great when you see a shutout.
Game Three: Domingo German against Alex Cobb
German has still not been able to reproduce anything that comes close to the quality of his first filming debut, although he occasionally showed flashes has to be good. He has just thrown 5.1 career innings against the Orioles, posting three runs in this process.
The acquisition of Cobb by Orioles did not work as they had hoped. He posted a 4.67 ERA in six starts in May, and that was actually a pretty significant improvement over his April. This is the Yankees' first look at Cobb in an Orioles jersey this season.
Game Four CC Sabathia against Dylan Bundy
After the season's great start, Sabathia has receded lately. Crucially, he was not really in the position to dive deep into the games, which hurt him more than the runs he gave up. Sabathia has traditionally been decent against Baltimore, so we'll see if this continues.
Bundy is the other candidate for Baltimore's best starter this season, but he also has an ERA + below 100. A recent trip has helped these numbers quite a bit since he played only three runs in a full game on May 24th the White Sox admitted. He beat 14 in this game, so he comes up with a high score.