The Orioles have 92 games into the season and resume it tonight after a brief hiatus for the All-Star break, the first seven against the top two teams in their division. Twenty of the next 30 have played in the American League East.
Bad news in the past. Nothing to celebrate in 2022. But the Orioles are 16-21 against the East after 20-56 last year, 24-52 in 2019, 23-53 in 2018.
The 2017 team that remained in contention at the start of September finished two games under the .500 mark in the division.
You have to go back to the 2016 season to find the Orioles above .500, when they went 40-36. The current division record is most impressive when placed next to the others.
The Orioles are 12-12 against three teams in the East. The 4-9 record comes against the Yankees, who arrive tonight after the Astros swept them yesterday in a doubleheader.
There’s no way to relax in the unofficial second half. Just put your head down and go hard.
Manager Brandon Hyde has established his rotation with Tyler Wells starting tonight at Camden Yards, Jordan Lyles on Saturday night and Dean Kremer on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees are starting Jameson Taillon, Gerrit Cole and Nestor Cortes Jr.
Wells is 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.078 WHIP in 18 starts. He’s allowed three runs and six hits with two walks in each of his last two appearances, going four and 5 2/3 innings, respectively.
Wells held the Yankees to four runs in 14 innings in three starts this season. Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer on April 27 at Yankee Stadium.
Adley Rutschman is second at bat for the first time in his career.
Austin Hays is in left field and Anthony Santander is in right field. Ramón Urías is the third baseman.
The Orioles have won 11 of their last 13 games and 22 of 33.
Right-hander Taillon is 10-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.126 WHIP in 18 starts. He only walked 12 batters in 100 1/3 innings.
Three of Taillon’s starts have come against the Orioles. He allowed seven runs and 16 hits in 14 1/3 innings.
Urías and Cédric Mullins homered Taillon.
Aaron Judge has hit six home runs against the Orioles this season in 12 games and 32 in 81 career games. He also has 16 doubles and 71 RBIs.
Judge leads the majors with 34 homers and 76 runs scored, is second in slugging percentage at .619 and third in OPS at .985.
The Yankees’ plus-196 point differential leads the majors. They have the best record at 64-30.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Trey Mancini DH
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Austin Hays LF
Coarse odor 2B
Ramon Urias 3B
Jorge Mateo SS
Tyler Wells RHP