Another of the unsung heroes for the Yankees this season, is rookie Shane Greene (3-1, 2.89 ERA). He almost recorded his first career complete game, until needing help in the 9th from the Yankees lock down bullpen. Greene will get the ball in Game 2. He has one previous start against the Blackbirds, and he was masterful.
In 7 1/3 innings, Greene scattered four hits, struck out 9 Orioles’ hitters, and didn’t allow a single run. He beat Chris Tillman, and led the Yankees to a 3-0 victory. If the Bombers are going to have any success in this series, Shane Greene will be a key component. Again, he can’t hit, so if the Yankees’ bats can give him any support, it should be a good day for the pinstripers.
Opposing the Yankees in Game 2, will be lefty Wei-Yin Chen. The Bombers have had decent success against him over his short career, with the current group hitting .270 with 3 bombs and 16 driven in. Chen had his five-game winning streak halted last Wednesday, as he allowed four runs in five innings. It was Chen’s first loss since the start of June. Derek Jeter (4-for-17) and Jacoby Ellsbury (6-for-13) have had the most sustained success.