NEW YORK – A weekend series at Yankee Stadium brings so much baggage to the Orioles.
They could be eliminated from the wild card race. They could surrender Aaron Judge’s record-setting 62nd home run of the season.
This is a unique visit that didn’t turn out as they wanted.
The Mariners won again last night and the Rays lost, leaving the Orioles five games behind the last wild card and with their magic number for elimination down to one. They still need a win to reach 81 and guarantee their first non-losing season since 2016.
The Orioles have lost five of their last six games, including three straight in Boston to close out the penultimate road series of the year.
They’re 5-11 against the Yankees this season, including 1-5 in the Bronx.
A 12-15 record in September assures the first losing month since May.
Jordan Lyles has been moved up a day and will try to prevent Judge from breaking Roger Maris’ single-season home run record in the American League. Lyles worked only two innings Monday night before rain interrupted play.
Austin Voth was supposed to pitch tonight, but he’s moved back to Saturday afternoon if the weather permits it. The forecast is bad.
Judge has nine home runs against the Orioles this season, the most by any player versus an opponent. He’s hit 35 in his career.
Lyles served up 38 home runs in 180 innings last season with the Rangers. He’s surrendered 25 this summer in 172. Judge is 5-for-14 with two doubles and two home runs lifetime against Lyles.
The veteran right-hander has a career 4.34 ERA in seven games (six starts) against the Yankees. He’s allowed 11 earned runs and 13 total in 14 innings at Yankee Stadium.
Giancarlo Stanton is 7-for-18 with two doubles and a home run against Lyles, and Josh Donaldson is 7-for-15 with a double and triple.
Adley Rutschman’s 4.9 fWAR per FanGraphs.com is the fourth-best by a rookie catcher in major league history behind Mike Piazza (7.4 in 1993), Carlton Fisk (6.6 in 1972) and Thurman Munson (5.0 in 1970). His fWAR is the second-best by an Orioles rookie behind Bobby Grich's 5.4 in 1972.
Rutschman’s 5.0 bWAR is tied with Johnny Bench in 1968 for fourth-best by a rookie catcher, trailing Fisk (7.3), Piazza (7.0) and Munson (5.5) per Baseball-Reference.com. It’s the best by an Orioles rookie in franchise
history, surpassing Cal Ripken Jr.'s 4.7 in 1982.
Gunnar Henderson is starting at third base and Terrin Vavra is at second.
Kyle Stowers is the designated hitter.
Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán has registered a 3.30 ERA and 1.117 WHIP in 13 games, including 12 starts. He hasn’t faced the Orioles this season but is 6-0 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.923 WHIP in eight career games (six starts) totaling 43 1/3 innings.
DJ LeMahieu was activated from the injured list today.
The Orioles are in a stretch of 20 consecutive games to end the season. The Yankees were off yesterday and have won nine of their last 10.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Gunnar Henderson 3B
Terrin Vavra 2B
Austin Hays LF
Kyle Stowers DH
Jorge Mateo SS
Jordan Lyles RHP
For the Yankees
Aaron Judge RF
Anthony Rizzo 1B
Gleyber Torres 2B
Giancarlo Stanton DH
DJ LeMahieu 3B
Oswaldo Cabrera LF
Harrison Bader CF
Isiah Kiner-Falefa SS
Jose Trevino C
Domingo Germán RHP