Last season, as the Orioles were on their way to the American League East championship, they went 13-6 against the New York Yankees and 6-4 in New York. This year, as they may struggle to even have a winning record, they are 5-9 against the Yankees and only 1-7 in New York.
On Monday, the Orioles lost an early 4-1 lead in losing 8-6 at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles have lost five straight at Yankee Stadium and they are 0-4 in one-run road games versus the Yankees.
Even though they have a losing record against New York, the Orioles have actually outscored them in the season series, 68 to 67 runs.
The Orioles are 65-72 and have lost three in a row, nine of 11 and 15 of 18 games. In dropping three straight, their pitchers have allowed 23 runs on 37 hits, including seven homers.
O’s starters have failed to pitch at least six innings in nine straight games and have pitched five or fewer innings in six of the last seven games. The O’s have gone 11 consecutive games without a quality start and the club’s rotation ERA of 4.59 ranks 13th in the AL.
Tonight, Kevin Gausman (2-6, 4.59 ERA) makes his 21st appearance and 13th start, facing New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.73 ERA).
Over his last two starts, Gausman has allowed 17 hits, including four homers and eight runs in nine innings against Texas and Tampa Bay. Gausman is 0-4 since his last win Aug. 1 against Detroit. In 10 career games against New York, he is 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA.
Tanaka has made 20 starts. Over 128 innings, he has walked 25, fanned 115 and yielded a .223 average against. He got the win in his only start versus Baltimore this year, allowing three runs in 7 2/3 innings on July 23. He is 1-1 with a 3.74 ERA in three career starts.
Jimmy Paredes is batting .389 (14-for-36) in nine games this season versus the Yankees with two doubles, a triple, a two homers and six RBIs. John Ryan Murphy is 9-for-17 against the Orioles with a homer and five RBIs. The Orioles have four multi-homer games in the last five, hitting 11 total homers. O’s pitchers have given up 14 homers the last seven games.
The O’s rank fourth in the majors with 181 home runs. They trail the Toronto Blue Jays (191), Houston Astros (188) and Yankees (185). First baseman Chris Davis leads the majors with 40 home runs. Nelson Cruz of Seattle is second with 39 and Josh Donaldson of Toronto is third with 37.
Right-hander Steve Johnson pitched to catcher Steve Clevenger in Sunday’s game at Toronto. It marked the second time that Baltimore-born players have formed an all-Baltimore battery in Orioles history. The only other occurrence came on Sept. 21, 2013 when Johnson and Clevenger did so at Tampa Bay.