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The New York Yankees will head to the AL East rival Baltimore Orioles on Friday night in the opener of a three-game weekend set. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. ET from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Coverage will be nationally televised on ESPN+.

This will be a pitching duel between a pair of right handers. Jameson Taillon will take the mound for the Yankees. Tyler Wells is the starting pitcher for the Orioles. Taillon is 10-2 with an ERA of 3.86. Wells has a 7-5 record and his ERA is 3.38. 

Updated on 09/23/2023
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As of July 21, the Yankees were atop the AL East, while the Orioles sat in the cellar. The Yankees hold a colossal 18-game advantage over the Orioles. The runner-up Tampa Bay Rays are a far distant 13 games back. 

Prior to July 22, the Yankees were 3-2 in their last five contests. The Yankees are coming off taking two out of three from the visiting archrival Boston Red Sox. They lost by one run in overtime in the opener, then routed the Red Sox by a combined 27-3 in the last two games. 

Before July 22, the Orioles were also 3-2 in their last five games. The Orioles dropped two of three from the host Rays in a divisional set. Baltimore’s 6-4 overtime victory came in the middle contest. The two losses were by a combined three runs. 

Taillon has allowed 101 hits, 14 home runs, and 12 walks, along with 82 strikeouts in 100.1 innings. The Yankees are 3-2 in Taillon’s last five outings. Wells has given up 71 hits, 10 home runs, and 21 walks, plus 59 strikeouts in 85.1 innings. The Orioles are 4-1 in Wells’ last five games. 

In Taillon’s last outing on July 16 vs. the Red Sox, he allowed one earned run and two hits with five strikeouts in six innings. In Wells’ most recent appearance vs. the Rays on July 15, he gave up three earned runs and six hits along with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings. 

As of July 21, the Yankees ranked first in slugging percentage (.445), RBI (472) and home runs (157), second in on-base percentage (.331) and 12th in batting average (.246).

Center fielder Aaron Judge leads the Yankees in batting average (.284), home runs (33), RBI (70), and hits (96). Third baseman DJ LeMahieu is tops in on-base percentage (.383). Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton is second in home runs (24) and RBI (61). First baseman Anthony Rizzo has 22 home runs and 57 RBI. 

Prior to July 22, the Orioles ranked 16th in home runs (95), 17th in slugging percentage (.387), 21st in RBI (364), and 25th in batting average (.233) and on-base percentage (.301). Designated hitter Trey Mancini leads the Orioles in batting average (.277) and on-base percentage (.352). Right fielder Anthony Santander is tops in home runs (15). First baseman Ryan Mountcastle has a team-high 46 RBI. Center fielder Cedric Mullins is first on the Orioles with 93 hits. 

Fueled by Taillon and the hot bats, the Yankees should cruise to victory over the Orioles in the series opener.

Written by Rolando Rosa, our US sports betting industry expert.