In game two of this four game set, it’s Yankees’ ace Luis Severino on the hill against Gabriel Ynoa, who will be making his second start of the season.
The Yankees are ‘supposed’ to win this matchup, but what are the wise guys sayin’? They agree. New York should be victorious tonight and the Over/Under (9.5) should be Under.
The Red Sox lead over the Yankees sustains for now at 3 games by virtue of Boston’s victory over the A’s yesterday.
Friday, September 15, 2017 vs Baltimore Orioles
Key Stats At-A-Glance
Money Line : Birds +283, Yankees -320
Over/Under : 9.5
Line Moves : Late skrilla coming in on New York
The Ballpark : Yankee Stadium is regarded as a hitter’s park.
Gametime Weather : 76°, mostly cloudy, Wind S 6 MPH, 0% chance of rain.
• Baltimore is 1-6 in their last six games at Yankee Stadium.
• The Over/Under has gone UNDER in 6 of Baltimore’s last 7 games.
Gabriel Ynoa ($0,000) : Originally signed by the New York Mets in 2009 as an international free agent, the Dominican-born righty made his MLB debut in a relief appearance on August 13, 2016. In February of this year, Ynoa was traded to Baltimore for cash considerations — and to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the O’s DFA’d Tony Peña’s kid Francisco! We have to make him pay for this!
Prior to the trade, Ynoa was ranked the Mets number 18 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. His arsenal primarily features an 84MPH slider, four-seam fastball and sinker that hit the mid-90s, and mid-80s change up. Oddly his four-seamer results in more ground balls, while his sink results in a league average plus of fly balls.
Bottom Line : With only one prior start in 2017, its tough to gauge an outcome here. He pitched two innings of hitless relief against the Yankees in New York’s 7-4 victory on September 4th — with one strikeout and getting the other five outs on fly balls. Ynoa is 1-1 with a 4.19 ERA and a WHIP of 1.40.
Luis Severino ($12,000) : Tonight will be Severino’s fourth start against the Orioles this season. In his previous three, he got touched up on April 7th but avoided the loss, then killed it in his next two, notching wins on May 30th and June 10th while allowing one earned run and striking out eight in both starts.
Sevy deals a four-seam fastball that registers anywhere from 97 to 101MPH — and he can deliver that pitch in the 8th inning as crisply as the first. Also in his toolbox is a high 80s slider, and the change up — also in the mid-to-high 80s, which tends to keep hitters off balance after a 100MPH heater.
Bottom Line : There is no sane reason to think Sevy will not continue his recent dominance — other than the cold hard fact that you can’t predict baseball — I heard someone say that once — but the Yankees have the Orioles’ number this season. They are being managed and playing in ‘elimination game’ mode, which is a good thing. That said, we’re expecting a post-season intensity from Severino tonight.
Hitters to Consider (Or Not)
- Aaron Judge ($5,400) : Great line from Michael Kay on yesterday’s YES broadcast — “Aaron Judge owns the Orioles more than Peter Angeles does!” — and it’s true. Judge has scored 27 runs against them, hitting .472 in 53 plate appearances with 4 2B, 11 HR, 24 RBI and 16 walks! That’s a half season for some guys. No way you leave Judge out of your lineup tonight.
- Starlin Castro ($3,200) : All-Starlin has absolutely hammered Orioles pitching this season with a .391 BA in 64 ABs, 17 R, 25 H, 1 2B, 6 HRS and 16 RBI — and not surprisingly only 3 walks. It looks like he needed some Baltimore pitching to get back on track at the plate. A solid pick tonight.
- Gary Sanchez ($4,800) : Like almost everyone else in the lineup, The Kracken is crushing Birds pitching as well. A .387 BA in 31 ABs, 6 HR and 11 RBI. This is the series to stack Yankee hitters, and make sure Sanchez is one of them!
- Todd Frazier ($3,900) : Frazier is raking at a .316, 3 HR, 9 RBI clip over the past seven games. Ride ’em until you can’t ride ’em no more. NOTE: Frazier was just scratched from the starting lineup (back spasms), but should be available to pinch hit if need be.
- Jacoby Ellsbury ($3,800) : Ellsbury will be starting in CF and hitting seventh tonight. He’s hitting .267 against Baltimore pitching this season, with 1 HR, 9 RBI and 7 walks, but he’s really seeing the ball well lately and should be a good OF value pick.
THE FINE PRINT : The fantasy lineup suggestions are purely speculation and should not be taken as gospel. Anything can and will happen in a baseball game, but this content is designed to provide a starting point for your lineup research. Best of luck, and let’s go Yankees!