Orioles Preview 4/27-4/29

Pitching:
Baltimore’s starting pitching hasn’t come by many wins, but they have faired alright.  Millwood pitched a six hit complete game against Seattle on Wednesday, but also collected the 4-1 loss.  Of course, he will be facing some Yankee batters who have owned him over his career, particularly Alex Rodriguez who has hit .429 off Millwood and Nick Swisher who has gone .345 against the righty.  Guthrie has had equally bad luck, giving up only five hits and two walks against the Red Sox on Friday, but taking a no-decision.  Matusz has found a way to win, but with the Orioles bullpen, no lead seems safe.  Matt Albers has given up nine runs over 8.1 innings while walking seven.

Offense:
The Orioles offense has shown some signs of life recently, but is far from formidable.  Nick Markakis, who has his fair share of big hits against the Bombers, has started to heat up bringing his average up to .282 after the last four games.  Ty Wigginton has been the lone bright spot for the Orioles offense, hitting .327 with an OBP of .410 and a wOBA of .464.  He leads the team in homeruns and RBIs.  Rhyne Hughes, recently called up from AAA has provided a bit of a spark for Baltimore.  In his first two games with the big club he’s collected four hits, a double and two RBIs.

Injury Report:
Yankees: Chan Ho Park remains on the DL.  Nick Johnson missed a couple days due to a stiff back but hoped to be back for the start of this series.

Baltimore: Koji Uehara is on the 15 day DL with a hamstring injury.  Miguel Tejada has battled a quad injury though he looks as though he has recovered after making a good showing against the Red Sox.  Brian Roberts has been on the DL with a back injury and may not be back for this series.

Overall:
The Yankees should be able to dispatch the Orioles pretty easily, but you never know what can happen.  If they can get through the starting pitching, the Yankees offense should have little problem with the Orioles bullpen.  Baltimore’s offense may be heating up, but against Hughes, Sabathia and Burnett they have a long way to go.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.