After scoring 10 runs in a 10-6 win on Friday night, the Yankees dropped their last two games against the Indians 3-0 and 4-1. The Yankees (61-56) are 6 games behind the first-place Orioles (67-50). The Orioles are 6-for-9 against the Yankees this season and outscored them 44-25.
The Orioles have been on fire recently. They’ve won 7 of their last 10 and they outscored the Cardinals 22-5 in the first two games of their series.
Although there is plenty of baseball left to be played this season, this series is especially important for the Yankees who need to show they can beat the division leader and that they have what it takes to make a playoff run. The Orioles, on the other hand, need to maintain their comfortable lead and solidify their spot in the postseason.