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Yanks' Gerrit Cole back for series opener vs. Orioles
New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles
- New York has won nine of the 16 games against Baltimore this season but dropped the last two at Yankee Stadium last weekend -- both by one run. The Orioles are looking to win the season series against the Yankees for the first time since 2016 (10-9).
- New York needs just two wins to clinch its 29th straight winning season, by far the longest active streak (Cardinals rank second at 13 entering 2021) and the second-longest streak in MLB history behind the Yankees' own 39-year run from 1926 to 1964.
- Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run of the season in Monday's win but is hitting just .199 on the year. His 33 home runs would be the most by any player hitting below .200 in a single season, surpassing Mark Reynolds' 2010 season, in which he hit .198 with 32 home runs.
- Gerrit Cole has a career 1.36 ERA in six starts against Baltimore and has not allowed a run to the Orioles in his last 14 innings against them. His 1.36 ERA is fifth lowest against the Orioles since the club moved to Baltimore in 1954 (min. 30 innings pitched).
- After a 6-3 win in the series opener against Toronto, the Orioles dropped the final three games by scores of 11-10, 11-2, and 22-7. Those 44 runs allowed marked the most allowed by the Orioles in a three-game span since August 22-23, 2007 -- a span that began with the infamous 30-3 loss to the Rangers.
- Ryan Mountcastle hit his 28th homer of the season in Sunday's loss, second most among rookies behind Texas' Adolis Garcia (29). Mountcastle sits one home run behind Cedric Mullins for the team lead -- the last rookie to lead the Orioles in homers was Jay Gibbons, who tied for the team lead with 15 homers in 2001.
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When Gerrit Cole returns from a minor hamstring injury Thursday night, he will pitch with a reconfigured infield behind him.
Cole will start for the visiting New York Yankees in the opener of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles.
Cole (14-7, 2.78 ERA) is taking the mound after tweaking his left hamstring in the fourth inning of his Sept. 7 start against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yankees said it was left hamstring tightness and remained optimistic throughout the week until officially penciling in Cole for the outing at Baltimore.
Cole allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in 3 2/3 innings against Toronto. He threw 70 pitches in an outing that saw him face several lengthy at-bats.
The right-hander is hoping to continue his success since returning from a 2 1/2-week stay on the COVID-19 injured list. Before the outing against the Blue Jays, he was 4-0 with an 0.74 ERA in four starts since returning and was coming off a 15-strikeout performance against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 1.
Cole, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA in six career starts against Baltimore. In his past two starts against the Orioles, on April 6, 2021, and Sept. 11, 2020, Cole fanned a total of 22 in 14 scoreless innings.
While Cole has become a fixture on the mound for the Yankees, his defense will look different at three infield positions. New York manager Aaron Boone moved Gleyber Torres from shortstop to second base following a rough stretch on defense. The change resulted in Gio Urshela going from third base to shortstop and DJ LeMahieu moving from second base to third.
"As far as the defense positioning, I'm on board with whatever Aaron thinks is going to help us win," Cole said.
Torres scored the winning run in the 10th inning Monday as Gary Sanchez's single gave the Yankees a 6-5 win. Sanchez's hit occurred after Aaron Judge hit a game-tying, three-run homer in the eighth and marked New York's first comeback win after falling behind by more than three runs this season.
The Yankees (80-64) head to Baltimore with just four wins in their past 16 games following a 13-game winning streak Aug. 13-27. Two of those losses were one-run defeats to the Orioles, who are coming off a dreadful pitching performance against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Baltimore (46-97) dropped the final three games of a four-game weekend series and allowed 44 runs in the three contests. The Orioles gave up 44 runs in a three-game span for the first time since 2007.
On Sunday, the Orioles followed up a doubleheader sweep by Toronto by taking a 22-7 loss as they allowed five homers, including two grand slams, to raise their team ERA to a major-league-worst 5.93.
"As you see, it's mid-September and we are in an evaluation mode right now," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. "Lot of these guys are appearing in the big leagues with not a lot of appearances early on in their career."
Alexander Wells (1-2, 7.15 ERA), among Baltimore's inexperienced arms, will make his fifth career start and eighth appearance Tuesday.
Wells last pitched Sept. 7 in a no-decision against the Kansas City Royals, when he allowed two runs on five hits in four innings.
The 24-year-old Australia native will face the Yankees for the second time in his first major league season. He will hope for a significantly better showing than he produced Aug. 3 in New York, when he was tagged for six runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings of a 13-1 loss that started Baltimore's 19-game skid.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 13, 2021