Adam Jones is in the midst of what may be his best season, despite posting a career-worst 2.8% walk rate - and, no, that isn't a typo. The 34-year-old Nelson Cruz (the one that went unsigned until late February) is likewise in the midst of a career year, needing only five home runs to match his previous career-high (and he has three in nine July games). And Manny Machado has been tearing the cover off of the ball since his bat-throwing incident in early June. In short, the Orioles seem to be the Bizarro Yankees - at least insofar as recent luck is concerned. If a bit of that luck can rub off on the Yankees, allowing them to sweep this series, they would sit a game back of first with a much-needed four game breather coming up.
Wouldn't that be lovely?
|New York Yankees||Baltimore Orioles|
|Brett Gardner, LF||Nick Markakis, RF|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Steve Pearce, DH|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||Adam Jones, CF|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Nelson Cruz, LF|
|Brian McCann, C||Chris Davis, 1B|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||J.J. Hardy, SS|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||Manny Machado, 3B|
|Yangervis Solarte, 3B||Ryan Flaherty, 2B|
|Kelly Johnson, DH||Nick Hundley, C|
|Hiroki Kuroda, SP||Miguel Gonzalez, SP|