The New York Yankees come into Labor Day Weekend on a little bit of a slide. After the positive momentum came from the series in Cleveland, the Bombers dropped two of three to the last place Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, the lead in the American League East is down to three games and the Yankees will probably be without Mark Teixeira for their three biggest series of the year.
Starting tonight, the Yankees will play the Baltimore Orioles seven times over the next ten days. The O’s are coming in off of a great series against the White Sox and they are believing they can take not only the Wild Card, but the division itself. I have said it since April and I said it on my show last night, I have a gut feeling that the O’s will be one of the two wild card teams on the night of October 3rd. They have the confidence and remember last month, they went into the Bronx and took two out of three games.
The one stat that sticks out about this team is their ability to win the close games. They have won 13 straight one-run games! Yes, they give up more runs than they score, but Adam Jones has been the leader of the team in center field and their closer Jim Johnson has 41 saves this year to lead the American League. Both bullpens are similar to each other, which makes for three competitive games this weekend,
We talked with Stacey Long from CamdenChat.com about all things Orioles. We discussed the pitching matchups, the rise of Manny Machado at third base, their great bullpen, and possible September call-ups that both the Orioles and the Yankees will make.