The Yankees find themselves in the unusual position—tied for first in the AL East with the lowly Baltimore Orioles. The Bronx Bombers try to finish an April sweep of the Orioles to set things back in order. Let’s see their MLB odds.
Baltimore Orioles vs New York Yankees
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 – 6:35 PM ET at Yankee Stadium
The New York Yankees entered the season with legitimate hopes of challenging the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2021 World Series. It has been 12 years since the Yankees took home the title, and, on paper, they boast one of their most talented teams since then as they try to snap that drought.
On paper, the Orioles appeared to be once again destined to be one of the worst teams in the country. Young and improving, Baltimore still wasn’t ready to compete in the American League East, or any other division in MLB.
The season isn’t played on paper, however, and one week in, things haven’t gone as planned for either team. That’s very good news for the Orioles and bad news in the Bronx, where a fanbase and front office used to winning isn’t famous for its patience with slow starts.
Tied for First
The Orioles enter Wednesday’s action tied for first in the American League East with the Blue Jays and Yankees. Baltimore opened the season with a three-game sweep of the Red Sox in Boston.
Baltimore has lost two straight since then, and there are signs that the season-opening sweep was fool’s gold for Oriole fans starved for any type of success. For one thing, the Orioles’ run differential of +1 through five games is worse than the other two first-place teams in the East. By comparison, the Yankees are +11.
After scoring six runs a game against the Red Sox, the Orioles have managed a total of two in the first two games against the Yankees. Baltimore batters struck out 15 times in Sunday’s game, 13 times on Monday and 14 on Tuesday. The Orioles have struck out more than all but one MLB team.
The Orioles also hit their first home run of the season on Tuesday.
After three of the last four starting pitchers failed to go five innings, Baltimore sends its ace back to the mound on Wednesday. Former All-Star John Means threw seven shutout innings in his opening day win over Boston, striking out five and holding the Red Sox to two baserunners.
Best Medicine for Ailing Yankees
After opening the season by winning just one of three games against the Blue Jays, the Yankees needed to string together some victories, and over the last few years, no team has been a better medicine for the Yankees than the Baltimore Orioles. New York has gone 24-5 against Baltimore over the past two seasons.
A visit from the Orioles worked again, as the Yankees stormed to back-to-back wins. After scoring a total of eight runs in the three-game series with the Jays, the Yankees have scored seven in each of the first two games, holding Baltimore to a total of two runs. They’ll look to finish off the sweep on Wednesday.
The Yankees have won their last 12 home games against Baltimore, tying a team record against the franchise. A win Wednesday will break the mark that was set in 1927, when Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were the heart of Murderer’s Row.
The Orioles managed to break one streak on Tuesday, scoring two runs in the ninth inning. It was the first time in six games at Yankee Stadium that Baltimore had managed more than one run.
The Yankees will send Jameson Taillon to the mound. The offseason pickup from Pittsburgh will be making his debut with the team and is also making his first appearance since May 1, 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He looked good in spring, going 1-1 with a 1.08 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 8.1 innings.
For our MLB picks, it’s tough to make a case for the Orioles beating the Yankees in the Bronx until we’ve seen it happen once or twice. It will happen at some point in the future, but the odds of it happening on Wednesday are not good.
*The pick reflects the line at the moment the writer made the play, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Since the lines might vary, don’t forget to refer back to our live odds.