I hope everyone has enjoyed their Labor Day weekend! The Yankees have been dominant during their ten-game home stand, winning six of seven games. The Yanks will welcome the Orioles to the Bronx for the last time in 2010. The Yanks are 6-0 against the Birds in the Bronx and 10-2 overall.

This three-game set will kick off in roughly four hours and will be the final game of the Yankees five-straight day game set. Tomorrow, CC Sabathia will get his first crack at twenty victories. If you re-read this posting, you’ll see how dominant Sabathia has been at home and against the O’s this year.

Series Preview:

BAL:

  • OBP: .313 (12th)
  • HRs: 118 (11th)
  • ERA: 4.80 (13th)
  • Fielding: .982 (11th)

NYY:

  • OBP: .352 (1st)
  • HRs: 172 (3rd)
  • ERA: 3.86 (5th)
  • Fielding: .988 (2nd)

Pitching Match-Ups:

Monday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brian Matusz (7-12, 4.72 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (10-12, 5.12 ERA)

Last Start:
Matusz: Win, six innings, two earned runs, six strikeouts (vs. BOS)
Burnett: Win, six innings, three earned runs, eight strikeouts (vs. OAK)

**Matusz is 4-5 with a 5.29 ERA on the road this year. He is 0-3 against the Yanks this year, but sports a 2.41 ERA.
**Burnett is 5-5 with a 4.69 ERA at home this year. Burnett is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA against the O’s this year.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM, YES: Jake Arrieta (4-6, 5.11 ERA) vs. CC Sabathia (19-5, 3.02 ERA)

Last Start:
Arrieta: ND, five innings, three earned runs, five strikeouts (vs. BOS)
Sabathia: Win, eight innings, no runs, five strikeouts (vs. OAK)

**Arrieta notched the one of the two Baltimore victories over the Yanks this year, lasting six innings and giving up three runs. Arrieta has not won on the road since August 10th.
**Re-read this entry, but Sabathia is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA against the Birds this year.

Wednesday, 1:05 PM, YES: Brad Bergesen (6-10, 5.47 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.89 ERA)

Last Start:
Bergesen: Loss, 5 1/3 innings, two earned runs, four strikeouts (vs. BOS)
Nova: ND, 4 2/3 innings, three earned runs, no strikeouts (vs. TOR)

**The Yankees touched up Bergesen for six earned runs in only 2 1/3 innings earlier this year.
**This will be Nova’s first start against the Birds.

Enjoy the series!