When: 1:35 EST
The Starters: Nova (8-2, 4.64) vs. Jackson (3-3, 3.02)
The Line: Yanks -125, Nats +105, O/U 8 Runs, Yanks -1.5
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York
GAME 1 Pat’s Prediction Record: 11-7
The Starters: Hiroki Kuroda vs. Jason Hammel
The Orioles will take the division lead into New York to face a Yankees team that they got swept by earlier this year. The Yankees have Hiroki Kuroda, who did not start in any of the games earlier this year against the O’s, on the mound tonight. Kuroda, is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA so far this season. Out of his four starts he has been great in two and terrible in the other two. As for the Orioles, they will have Jason Hammel on the mound tonight. He has easily been their best pitcher so far this year. He is 3-0 with a 1.78 ERA. He did not pitch against the Yankees, either when we faced them earlier this year. I think that the Orioles will win 6-2, and Hammel’s pitching will have to carry the team.
Even though the MLB season has already begun, the Beltway Sports Blog MLB season predictions continue to keep rolling in! Today we have three of our writers; Alex Kawa, Justin Weaver, and Eric Wickenheiser’s predictions for this exciting up and coming season. Will any of these guys be right? Probably not, but lets give them a try! Without further ado, here are the predictions that you guys have been eagerly awaiting:
AL East: NYY
AL Central: Det
AL West: LAA
AL Wild CardSSS(2 this yr boys): Bos & Tampa Bay
NL East: Philly
I am literally writing this post minutes after the Orioles just finished getting swept by the Yankees so it may come off as a reactionary post (its pretty much the definition of one) but I also think it is true. Even though we are only 6 games into this young season I feel like this season has already been a microcosm of every O’s season in the past 14 years and it’s what makes being an Orioles fan so frustrating. We start off by sweeping the Twins in which we dominated the series and left very little doubt that we were the better team. Are the Twins good? Not by a long shot, but they are an MLB team and sweeping any MLB team is a good feat for any team. Not only did we sweep the Twins, but our pitching staff put together an amazing series as our starters combined for a 1.00 era, it really could not have gone any better. So the “fans” (and when I say fans I mean the fair weather fans because the real fans no better) get all excited and all of a sudden the Orioles are cool again and everybody wants to go to the games because the O’s are finally back!
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