The last time the New York Yankees faced the Baltimore Orioles was in early April, in only their third series of the season. It was arguably the strangest series between any two teams so far this season as the Yankees dropped three out of four to the last place Orioles, who have won only seven road games all season. Nonetheless, the Yankees had an opportunity for some payback as they made their first trek into Camden Yards this season.
Aaron Judge likes the Orioles more than Orioles’ fans. He hit his 13th homer against Baltimore since the start of last season to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
— The idea of taking Gary Sanchez out of the lineup for Austin Romine specifically for Sonny Gray may have ruffled some feathers in the Yankees fanbase. However, Romine continues his surge at the plate. He has a .375/.453/.625 slash line after registering a double, a single and a walk on Friday. Romine will most definitely regress, but as long as he is not struggling at the plate, most shouldn’t complain about him being behind the plate as a personal catcher for Gray. Sanchez is arguably the best catcher in the game; his playing time won’t diminish.
— Gray continued his season full of highs and lows. Friday’s game was a high. He allowed only a single run in six innings, a solo home run by Manny Machado in the bottom of the first. Gray’s struggles have many fans looking forward to the trade deadline to see what starting pitcher the Yankees will try to acquire. However, Gray was acquired at the deadline last season and needs to pitch to his ceiling. Additionally, at this time last year Masahiro Tanaka was struggling and he ended up being the team’s best starter in the playoffs. Yes, the trade deadline can be important, but if the Yankees want to win the division and eventually the World Series, Gray needs to be a sure thing.
— For the first time this season, the Yankees exhausted all of their six mound visits. Dellin Betances had two walks and a hit by pitch in a very shaky bottom of the eighth. This prompted visits by both Romine and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Chad Green also pitched for the first time since May 25th, tossing a scoreless frame in the seventh. Chapman struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth.
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Austin Romine has become an important member of this Yankees team. It doesn’t look like he will sit with Gray on the mound any time soon.
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