Are Orioles and Yankees going to eclipse total? MLB Predictions 9/16/17


The Orioles (72-76) have lost eight of their past nine games overall - and have dropped seven of eight this season at Yankee Stadium - falling to four games under.500 for the first time since August 22.

As the New York Yankees try to secure a return to the postseason, Luis Severino looks like the ace they've lacked. The mercurial hurler allowed just two runs in seven innings while striking out eight batters.

Still, there has been bad blood between those teams this season, going back to the beanball wars that followed Manny Machado's early-season take-out slide of Dustin Pedroia, so the Yankees have to hope the sight of the Boston coming to town stirs some intensity from the Orioles.

Baltimore has lost nine of 10 as it continues to fall out of playoff contention.

Yankees left-hander Jordan Montgomery (8-7) allowed four hits in six innings. The lefty struck out six and walked one.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly to shallow left by Gregorius.

Bird chased Hellickson in the fourth, hitting a shot deep into the second deck in right that doubled the score to 6-0. His 18th home run of the season helped the Phillies beat the Marlins.

More importantly, those home runs gave the Yankees a 12th win in 16 games since they were swept in a three-game series at home by the Cleveland Indians Aug. 28-30. It was his 26th homer of the season and 10th with NY. The 1996 Orioles were the first major league team with seven 20 home run hitters.

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Shreve was pulled after loading the bases with two outs.

Headley extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a sixth-inning single.

Though the staggering numbers have been against the Orioles' bad starting pitching, they are hard to ignore because they go beyond the three-game beating the Yankees have dropped on Baltimore.

Almost three months ago, Andujar gave Yankees fans the most tantalizing of teases, driving in four runs to set a club record in a major-league debut and going 3-for-4 with a double against the White Sox on June 28. He is 1-1 with a 3.43 ERA against the Orioles though he took a no-decision after pitching 4 2/3 innings at Baltimore on September 4. He will be activated Sunday.

Behind two three-run homers by Aaron Judge and another solid start by Masahiro Tanaka, New York steamrolled to a 13-5 victory in the series opener, which kicked off a closing run in which it plays 13 of its last 16 in the Bronx.

Yankees: RHP Adam Warren (lower back spasm) was expected to throw on flat ground Saturday.

The Yankees have won five of their last six games.are 1-0 to begin their seven-game homestand.are 14G over.500 for the first time since the close of play on 6/13 (38-24).with a win tomorrow, will match their 2017 high-watermark (15G at close of play on 6/12, 38-23).are 9-3 since 9/2, 19-11 since 8/14, and 32-21 since 7/20.are 35-25 (.583) since the All-Star break.