Over this past weekend, the New York Yankees had their chances to put away the Boston Red Sox at the Stadium, but they fell short. Sunday’s game was probably the most disappointing to Yankee fans because a walk-off win could have buried Boston psychologically, but a bloop hit by Pedro Ciriaco in the 10th inning off of David Robertson sealed the series for the Red Sox. New York has not played their best brand of baseball, but they still lead the division by 7.5 games as we head into the MLB non-waiver trade deadline on Tuesday at 4:00 PM EST. This series, however, against the Orioles will be important for New York to try and gain more separation in the division.
The Baltimore Orioles did not have a great weekend either, but they were able to salvage the sweep from the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. They are two games back in the AL Wild Card race as well as second in the AL East. Plus, they had some success against New York earlier this year against some pitchers they historically struggle against (CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova). The question is do they have enough pieces to hang around with the likes of the Yankees in the division or even the A’s, Angels, and Tigers in the Wild Card race?
For those answers and more, I reached out to Domenic Vadala fom Birdswatcher.com to get some notes on the pitchers in this series as well as what the Orioles plan to do at the trade deadline. In turn, I give the Orioles a name that could help to bolster the starting rotation that maybe won’t cost them so much. Also, I discuss the Yankees’ potential trade deadline plans as well as take a look at the moves they have made which could impact the Yankees in the American League.