New York Yankees at Orioles for MLB odds fight

By: Brad Young | Thursday, April 21, 2011

American League East rivals New York and Baltimore begin a three-game series with this Friday night matchup.

The Yankees currently reside atop the divisional standings at 10-6, while the Orioles had won back-to-back outings heading into Thursday's series finale with the Twins.  Baltimore's modest two-game win streak was preceded by an eight-game losing stretch.

New York ace CC Sabathia (0-1, 2.52 ERA) heads to the hill searching for his first victory of the season.  The portly left-hander picked up a no-decision in Sunday’s effort against Texas, tossing 6 1/3 innings while allowing four runs on eight hits (one home run) with two walks and six strikeouts on 112 pitches.

The Yankees eventually won that contest as 162 home ‘chalk,’ 6-5, while the combined 11 runs eclipsed the 8 ½-run closing total.  The ‘over’ is now 3-1 in his four starts this season.

New York went 5-1 against the Orioles last season when Sabathia was pitching.  The 10-year veteran went a combined 43 innings, surrendering 18 runs (17 earned) on 45 hits (six home runs) with 10 walks and 31 strikeouts.

The ‘under’ went a nondescript 3-2-1 during those six outings.

The Yankees are a solid 9-1 in Sabathia’s previous 10 starts versus Baltimore, and the team is 10-3 the past 13 trips to Camden Yards.  New York has seen the ‘over’ go 9-4-1 its last 14 road games, while the ‘over’ is 19-9-1 the previous 29 outings overall.

Baltimore right-hander Bradley Bergesen (0-2, 3.38 ERA) is also winless on the young season despite pitching well during his latest effort.  The 25-year-old fell to Cleveland Sunday as a 127 road underdog, 4-2, while the combined six runs went ‘under’ the 8 ½-run closing total.

Bergesen was reached for three runs (two earned) on six hits (two home runs) with no walks and three strikeouts over five innings and 88 pitches.  The two-year veteran did appear in a two-inning relief stint versus the Yankees April 13, yielding no runs while striking out two batters.

Bergesen suffered his first setback of the season April 6 against Detroit as a 131 home underdog, 7-3.  The California native lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits (one home run) with two walks and two strikeouts.  The combined 10 runs went ‘over’ the 8 ½-run closing total.

Baltimore has dropped all three games that Bergesen has started against the Yankees.  The 6-foot-2 hurler threw a combined 15 innings, yielding 11 runs on 14 hits (one home run) with eight walks and eight strikeouts.  The ‘over’ went 2-1 during those three matchups.

This contest is scheduled to start at 4:05 p.m. PT from Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.  Friday’s forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of rain, with the high listed at 51 degrees and a low of 47.

New York concludes a brief five-game AL East road trip with this series before returning home for seven games against the Chicago White Sox and Toronto.  Baltimore continues a lengthy 10-game homestand after this series with three games against Boston.

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