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The New York Yankees continue their opening six-game homestand on Monday, as they welcome the Baltimore Orioles for the first of three games between the two clubs. The Yankees are coming off a series against Toronto, in which they took just one out of three from the Blue Jays.
The Orioles began the season in Boston, where they pulled off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox to open the season. New York lost to Toronto by a score of 3-1 on Sunday, while Baltimore trounced Boston, 11-3, on Sunday.
For the Monday starting pitcher role, Baltimore will go with Jorge Lopez. Last year in nine games for the Orioles (six starts), Lopez posted a 6.34 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 38.1 innings of work. He managed a nice 2.75 ERA in six spring training appearances this year.
Over on the Yankees’ side, they fell to the Jays in extra innings on Opening Day, but got revenge in a 5-3 win on Saturday. In Sunday’s game, New York got a nice 6.0 innings with one hit from Michael King, but could only find five hits total and one RBI from Brett Gardner.
For the starter slot on Monday, New York will go with Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Last year, Montgomery was 2-3 in 10 games, notching a 5.11 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 44.0 total innings. He was 3-0 this spring with a 0.90 ERA and seven Ks in 10.0 innings.
The Orioles are 132-277 in their last 409 overall and 54-119 in their last 173 versus the AL East. Baltimore is 10-30 in their last 40 Monday games and 27-78 in their last 105 in game one of a series.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 78-30 in their last 108 home games and 15-6 in their last 21 Monday games. The over is 4-0 in the Yankees’ last four Monday games and 10-3 in their last 13 in game one of a series.