The Orioles snapped their 10 game losing streak on Sunday with a walk-off win against the Red Sox. Sunday’s win also gave interim manager Juan Samuel his first win as the head man of the O’s. Tuesday, they continue their nine game homestand when the Yankees come to town for three games.
Tuesday night, Kevin Millwood (0-6, 4.29 ERA) will get another shot at the Yankees. He didn’t have a great start in last week’s series finale. His opponent on the mound will be Phil Hughes. Hughes (7-1, 2.54) has been dominant this season after beating out Joba Chamberlain in Spring Training. Baltimore’s offense is still struggling, but they have been a bit more aggressive on the base paths so maybe they will put more pressure on Hughes. They did have a bit of success against him the first time they faced him this season, but not last time.
Wednesday night features Chris Tillman and C.C. Sabathia. Tillman (0-1, 7.71), had a terrible outing last time he threw a game for the Orioles. He went an inning and a third on Friday night after the managerial change. Sabathia (5-3, 4.14), beats the Orioles seemingly almost every time he pitches against them. The offense mustered only one run off Sabathia when they faced him last Thursday afternoon.
To round out the series, Jeremy Guthrie and A.J. Burnett will pitch. Guthrie (3-6, 3.71) has been pitching very well in his recent starts. He deserved better on Saturday night, but the offense let him down. Burnett (6-3, 3.72) went 7.1 innings and allowed an unearned run to the Birds.
Overall, this series could be a struggle for Baltimore’s offense. The Yankees have a high-powered offense and a very good starting staff. Look for the Orioles to maybe squeak out one win in this series.