7:05 PM ET, September 9, 2013
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
New York: Sabathia (13-11, 4.86 ERA)
Baltimore: Tillman (15-5, 3.71 ERA)
The New York Yankees hope to move ahead the Baltimore Orioles, but they may need CC Sabathia to end his difficulties in Baltimore to really succeed in the wild-card race.
Sabathia and the Bronx Bombers will try impress YouWager experts and snap their longest losing streak in Baltimore in 31 years tonight when they open a key four-game series against All-Star Chris Tillman and the O’s.
The Yankees(76-67), fourth in the AL East, salvaged the finale of its four-game set against first-place Boston Red Sox on Sunday when Ichiro Suzuki scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory.
While they trail Boston by 10 games in the division, New York is 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay Rays — with the Orioles (76-66) and Cleveland Indians in between — for the AL’s final wild-card spot.
Now the Yanks have an opportunity to slide past Baltimore with Sabathia (13-11, 4.86 ERA) on the mound in the opener of a 10-game road trip.
Even son, New York has dropped five straight in Baltimore, their longest skid since losing nine in a row there between 1981-82.
The 33 year-old Sabathia hasn’t been strong with a 6.88 ERA since July 21, but he’s been helped by 30 runs of support in winning four of five starts. The California native showed improvement in his most recent outing Wednesday, when he yielded three runs and five hits over 7 1/3 innings in a 6-5 victory versus the Chicago White Sox.
However, Sabathia hasn’t done a great job well in Baltimore lately. The lefty’s 0-3 with a 5.97 ERA in his five outings at Camden Yards over the past two MLB seasons.
After taking three of four from Chicago to open their homestand, the Orioles looks for their fifth victory in six home contests by giving the ball to Tillman (15-5, 3.71).
The 25 year-old hopes to recover after allowing a season-high five walks and four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a 4-3 defeat at Cleveland on Tuesday. The right-hander hasn’t been at his best versus New York going 3-4 with a 7.43 ERA in nine career starts. Tillman gave up five runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Yankee Stadium on July 6.