Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday vs. Yankees

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
What to watch during tonight's Orioles-Yankees game.

Orioles (31-22) vs. New York Yankees (25-29)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: FOX/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Tyler Wilson (2-4, 3.83 ERA) vs. Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 3.91 ERA)

What to watch

1. Stick with what works. The Orioles have begun scoring runs again and for the third time in four games, will stick with the exact same lineup that has gotten it done. The only different lineup during this stretch had Francisco Pena at catcher in Matt Wieters' place. Will this order keep the offense going and secure the series win over the Yankees?

2. Pen is mighty. Mychal Givens and Brad Brach are the only two relievers in the majors with five wins and no losses, and the Orioles have a major league-best 16 wins by relievers -- four more than any other team. On top of that, the Orioles bullpen ranks third in baseball with a 2.74 ERA, more than a run better than the Yankees' heralded relief corps (3.81 ERA). Will the 'pen again hold the Yankees in check if needed?

3. Hit machine. With three more hits Friday, Hyun Soo Kim is 7-for-14 over his past three games, raising his season average to .391. Since becoming a full-time starter on May 25, Kim is batting .400/.475/.571 in nine games. Can he continue to make a difference for the Orioles tonight?

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones
LF Hyun Soo Kim
SS Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
C Matt Wieters
DH Pedro Alvarez
2B Jonathan Schoop
3B Ryan Flaherty

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