In Friday night MLB action, the Baltimore Orioles will travel to the Bronx to take on the New York Yankees. The Orioles (41-91) have dropped 47 of their first 69 road games and own the worst overall record in the majors. On Wednesday, Baltimore went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base during a 5-4 road loss against Toronto.
Twenty-eight year old southpaw John Means (5-6 3.46 ERA) has one of the few bright spots for the Orioles this season. Through 114 plus innings, Means has struck out 104 batters and owns a solid 1.00 WHIP.
The New York Yankees are 14 games above .500 at home and are sitting atop the American League Wild Card race. On Wednesday, New York snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 road victory against Los Angeles. All-Star P Gerrit Cole (14-6) allowed one run and struck out 15 batters in seven innings to earn the win for the Yankees (77-56).
The Yankees will counter with twenty-six year old lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. (2-2 2.77 ERA) in the series opener. Through 61 plus innings, Cortes Jr. has struck out 64 batters and owns a 1.09 WHIP.