|Written by Michael|
Bet on the MLBThe surprising Baltimore Orioles host the New York Yankees in the second and last game of this quick two game series tonight at Camden Yards. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05ET and you won't want to miss any pitches in this early season marquee matchup of two undefeated hurlers.
For New York, its lefty CC Sabathia who, after a rough start in his first two this year, has been everything the Yanks hoped for since, when they signed hime to his huge contract. He enters tonight's contest with a perfect 5-0 mark and a 3.51 earned run average.
If the ERA seems a bit high for a 5 and 0 record, that can be attributed to the aforementioned first two starts when it was 6.75. During his current 5 game win streak, the earned runs are 2.52 per nine innings of work. In four of the five winning affairs he has pitched through the eighth inning. His last win came at the expense of the Tampa Bay Rays last Thursday when he did not yield an earned run through the eight innings, while striking out 10. CC has been "lights out" in his career versus Baltimore. In 23 appearances he is 16-2 with a 2.36 ERA.
His pitching counterpart taking the mound for the Orioles tonight will be Wei-Yin Chen. Chen, another lefty, also has a perfect 3-0 record so far this season with an earned run average of 2.43. He has yielded just two runs or less in five of his six outings this year. He, like Sabathia last threw on Thursday and gave up just 1 earned run over 7 and 2/3 innings against the potent Rangers.
New York won on Monday night with both Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson going deep for the Bronx Bombers in the 8-5 victory. Even with the defeat, the O's remain tied for the AL East division league with Tampa at 22-14. They are 5-5 in their last 10 and 11-9 at home. The Yankees trail Baltimore and Tampa by 1.5 games, but just one in the loss column. They are 7-3 in their past 10 and 9-7 in road affairs.
New York is a road favorite tonight at -$150 and Baltimore is +$135. The over / under is 8.5 total runs on a $110/$100 moneyline.