RHP Chris Tillman (1-3, 4.66) tonight will make his 9th Major League start of this season, his 5th on the road and the 1st of his career vs. the Yankees.
In his last start vs. Texas, Tillman gave up five runs and seven hits over six innings.
Tillman has allowed 3ER or less in six of eight starts. He has recorded three quality starts on the year.
Tillman's first two starts: 6.75
Tillman's last six starts: 4.04
Tillman has been hurt by the longball, allowing 11 homers in 46 1/3. He has given up at least one homer in seven starts and twice has allowed three homers.
Right-handed batters are hitting .355 vs. Tillman with lefties batting just .209. In his last two starts, lefties are just 2 for 21 (.095) vs. Tillman.
In four road starts, Tillman is 0-2, 4.50. The Orioles are 2-6 when he starts, losing four in a row.
The O's have not scored much when Tillman is on the mound, producing just six runs total in his last four starts. They have scored two runs or less in four of his eight starts.
In 84 career minor league games, Tillman went 29-24, 3.79.
Andy Pettitte (13-6, 4.10) tonight will make his 29th start of this season, his 15th at home and the 38th of his career vs. Baltimore.
Pettitte has a remarkable 26 career wins vs. the Orioles that is second most vs. Baltimore all-time.
He is a pitcher on a roll right now. His last loss was July 25th vs. Oakland. Since then, he is 5-0, 2.77 over his last eight starts.
The Yankees are 20-8 when Pettitte starts this season, winning the last seven in a row.
In ten second-half starts, the 37-year-old lefty is 5-1, 2.88.
Right-handed batters hit .252 off him and lefties bat .266. In 14 home starts, Pettitte is 5-4, 4.65.
Pettitte vs. Baltimore:
2009: 1-0, 1.17, 2 starts (15 1/3IP, 8H, 2ER)
2008: 3-0, 1.93, 3 starts
Career: 26-6, 3.56 in 39 games, 37 starts (237 1/3IP, 245H, 84B, 139K).
On August 31st at Baltimore, Pettitte took a perfect game into the 7th and retired the first two hitters before there was an error and a single.
O's hitters are just 8 for 53 (.151) vs. Pettite this season.
Most career wins vs. Orioles:
30 - White Ford
26 - Catfish Hunter
26 - Andy Pettitte
25 - Mickey Lolich