7:05 PM ET, September 10, 2013
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
New York: Nova (8-4, 3.02 ERA)
Baltimore: Gonzalez (9-7, 3.98 ERA)
This is the Baltimore Orioles longest home win streak over the New York Yankees in 30 years. YouWager experts consider there may be added incentive for both teams as their four-game set continues.
The series opener was packed with drama between managers Buck Showalter and Joe Girardi and Baltimore will look to make it seven straight at home versus New York this evening.
The Orioles (77-66) started this critical series with a 4-2 victory last night, and are on their longest run at home over New York since winning 10 in a row at Memorial Stadium from 1981-83.
Baltimore and the Cleveland Indians are both 1 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second wild card while the Bronx Bombers (76-68) fell three games back with their fourth defeat in five games.
Last night bettors felt the pressure of the pennant race. Both dugouts emptied briefly after the first inning, when Showalter angrily exchanged words with Girardi after New York’s manager yelled at Baltimore third base coach Bobby Dickerson, accusing him of stealing signs. Showalter had to be restrained by home plate umpire Ed Hickox as he charged onto the field.
Baltimore is feeling good about their chances of maintaining their streak versus New York since they are 9-2 at home when they start Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.98 ERA), who gets the ball Tuesday.
The Mexican pitcher is 6-2 with a 3.80 ERA at home as a starter, earning his first win since July 20 by limiting the Chicago White Sox to one run over seven innings in a 3-1 win Thursday.
Even so, the 29 year-old is 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in four starts versus New York in 2013. Robinson Cano is 2 for 15 against him all-time, but Ichiro Suzuki is 4 for 13 with two homers and a double.
Opposing Gonzalez will be Ivan Nova (8-4, 3.02), who is 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA in his last seven outings. The Yankees won the first six of that span before the right-hander gave up four runs in four innings in Thursday’s 9-8, 10-inning defeat versus the Boston Red Sox.
Nova’s previous start was a two-hitter for his first career shutout in a 2-0 win versus the O’s on Aug. 31. The right-hander also went the distance with a three-hitter and season-high 11 strikeouts in his other 2013 start against Baltimore, a 3-2 win July 5.