Happy Opening Day! The Baltimore Sports Report staff has decided to predict the Orioles vs. Yankees game.
Here’s what we came up with.
Zach – O’s 7 Yanks 4
“You’re probably thinking I’m crazy right. 7 runs on the Yankees? But the Orioles offense is strong. I expect to see Markakis start of the season with a couple big hits, with Huff cleaning things up with a long shot. The O’s defense will shine against the Yankees, Roberts and Izturis will make last year’s defense look like a single A club. Jeremy Guthrie will start to climb out of his Spring Training/WBC hole and the bullpen will do their thing in this one. It’s a no brainer. Go O’s!”
Phil – O’s 4 Yankees 3
A low scoring game and even though Guthrie struggled during spring training, I think he’ll hang tough against Sabathia. Roberts and Markakis lead the way, no surprise there, but Adam Jones delivers the game winning hit for the O’s.
Isaac – Yankees 6, Orioles 4
I think both starters will battle. I expect CC to allow three runs in seven innings, below the standard for him. Overall, I don’t expect him to dominate because when he was in the AL last year, he struggled mightily, going a less than outstanding 6-8 with a 3.83 earned run average. I expect Guthrie to allow five runs in six innings, and both bullpens will allow one run. The Oriole star of the day is (shocker) Nick Markakis. I expect him to go 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Lawrence – Yankees defeat Orioles 5-4.