Adam Frazier will be looking to extend his 17-game on-base streak as the Baltimore Orioles (32-17) face off against the New York Yankees (30-21) at Yankee Stadium on Thursday with the three-game series knotted at 1-1.
The Orioles evened the series 1-1 after winning 9-6 on Wednesday, their second head-to-head victory in five games this season. Mike Baumann got the win with one scoreless inning out of the bullpen, and Felix Bautista picked up his 12th save with a scoreless ninth.
Frazier was 1 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in the win. Gunnar Henderson added a double, one run, and two RBIs. Gleyber Torres went 2 for 4 with two home runs and three RBIs for the Yankees. Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a home run and a triple. He scored two runs and drove in two.
ON THE MOUND
Kyle Gibson (5-3, 4.27 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Baltimore. The RHP allowed one run over seven innings in his last start, a 6-2 road win over the Blue Jays on Friday. He was credited with the win, yielding five hits while striking out five and walking two.
Right-hander Clarke Schmidt (2-4, 6.00 ERA) takes the mound for New York. He has made one prior start against the Orioles this season, giving up four runs over 3.1 innings in a 7-6 road defeat on April 7.
He gave up five hits and walked three, while striking out three in the no-decision. In his last start on Friday, Schmidt got the win on the road against the Reds. He threw five innings and gave up two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking two in the 6-2 victory.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Baltimore has averaged 6.8 runs a game, up from their season average of 5.2, partially thanks to greater slugging (.452 vs .427).
Against righties like Schmidt this season, the O’s have a .742 OPS. Austin Hays is the team’s best hitter against right-handers with a .896 OPS in 106 at-bats.
New York is averaging 5.8 runs per game in the last five, up from 4.7 for the season, with a better slash line (.244/.311/.489). The Yanks have a .732 OPS against right-handers in 2023. With a 1.150 OPS over 115 at-bats, Aaron Judge has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Baltimore is 17-9 on the road in 2023, scoring 5.9 runs per game while allowing 4.7 runs. New York has gone 17-11 at Yankee Stadium this season, averaging 4.8 runs per game while surrendering 4.1.
In the last 10 games between the AL East rivals at Yankee Stadium, New York is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 5.0-3.8.
The Orioles are second in the AL East, three games behind the division-leading Rays. The Yankees are third in the AL East, six games behind the Rays.
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