Checking in on a few Orioles and Yankees stats and notes as they begin a three-game series tonight at Camden Yards.
* CC Sabathia is 14-2 with an ERA of 2.86 in 20 career starts versus the Orioles. He went 5-1, 3.56 ERA against Baltimore last year. He is 8-1 with an ERA of 2.97 in 10 career Camden Yards starts, with his only loss coming in the 2009 season opener. The Yankees are 16-4 in his 20 career starts against the Orioles.
* The Birds’ third and fourth hitters, Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero are a combined 5-for-28 for an average of .179 with just one extra-base hit when batting with runners in scoring position. Lee is 0-for-12 and Vlad is 5-for-16.
* Orioles starters posted four straight quality starts against the Twins, pitching to an ERA of 2.81 in that series. The O’s have 11 quality starts on the year. The current streak of four in a row ties for the best stretch of the season, set when they opened the year with four in a row.
* Despite just one such hit last night, O’s batters are a combined 9-for-21 (.429) with runners in scoring position over the past three games.
* Matt Wieters is batting .438 at 7-for-16 during his five-game batting streak. He has two homers and seven RBI over the last four games. He is still perfect on the year, 6-for-6 when batting with RISP with a double, two homers and 10 RBI.
* After driving in eight runs over the season’s first seven games, Mark Reynolds has just two RBI over his last 11 games. He is hitless over his last 17 at-bats.
* The Yankees lead the majors with 30 homers and 10 multi-homer games. They have homered in 14 of their 16 contests on the season. Mark Teixeira has six homers to share the American League lead with teammate Curtis Granderson and Howie Kendrick of the Angels.
* The Yankees have not scored four or more runs in a single inning yet this year and have now gone 141 consecutive innings to start the year without a four-run or more outburst. It’s their longest streak without one to open a year since 1964 and they are the only team in the majors without a four-run inning so far.
Fewest stolen bases allowed this year by a catcher that has played at least 100 innings:
4 - Matt Wieters, Orioles
5 - Russell Martin, Yankees & Carlos Santana, Cleveland
Most RBIs by a catcher this year:
14 - Buster Posey, San Francisco
11 - Matt Wieters, Orioles and Russell Martin, Yankees