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Yankees (0-3) vs. Orioles (3-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Brian Matusz (0-0, 0.00)

Yankees Lineup

Derek Jeter SS Nick Swisher RF Robinson Cano 2B Alex Rodriguez DH Mark Teixeira 1B Curtis Granderson CF Andruw Jones LF Russell Martin C Eduardo Nunez 3B

Game Information:

The game will take place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. It is scheduled to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on the YES Network. The game can be heard on the radio on WCBS 880.

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

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The Yankees open up a three game series tonight against the Baltimore Orioles. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP Ivan Nova (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Brian Matusz (0-0, 0.00)

Tue: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 0.00) vs LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 0.00)

Wed: LHP CC Sabathia (0-0, 7.50) vs RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.00)

Photo by The Associated Press

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The 2011 Yankees work out during Spring Training

It’s that time of year. Spring training games are underway and baseball fans everywhere are having heated discussions about who will finish where. It’s kind of silly, really. As any Yankee fan can tell you, “You can’t predict baseball.” Still, we make the effort – never mind that mid-season injuries, trades and call-ups always alter the picture. Add in the players who have break-out years (seriously, who thought Jose Bautista would slug 54 homers in 2010?) or unexpectedly terrible ones (think Carlos Lee), and predicting anything this time of year becomes an exercise in futility. But it is a fun exercise, so here I go.

I’ll start by posting the expected finish of team, including record. How did I come to this? I ran 100 season simulations, based on a program I originally wrote for picking football games. Of course, this assumes I’ve correctly guessed every team’s roster on Opening Day and that nobody suffers a significant injury. It’s worked well for me in picking the NFL (as those of you who followed my picks on Twitter last year probably know), but this is the first time I’ve ever tried it in baseball. By the way, the division names double as links, you can hit them to get to a more in-depth prognostication.

AL East

  1. New York Yankees,     105-57    0 GB
  2. Boston Red Sox,     105-57    0 GB
  3. Tampa Bay Rays    95-67    10 GB
  4. Baltimore Orioles    94-68    11 GB
  5. Toronto Blue Jays    67-95    38 GB

AL Central

  1. Minnesota Twins    87-75    0 GB
  2. Chicago White Sox    84-78     3 GB
  3. Detroit Tigers        71-91    16 GB
  4. Kansas City Royals    55-97    32 GB
  5. Cleveland Indians    45-107    42 GB

AL West

  1. Oakland A’s        97-95     0 GB
  2. Texas Rangers        85-77    12 GB
  3. Anaheim Angels    83-79    14 GB
  4. Seattle Mariners    64-98    33 GB

Yes, the AL East is that good. And yes, Cleveland is that bad.

Season’s biggest surprise: The Oriole starting rotation. I know, you probably think I lost my mind. But the O’s may have the best stable of young arms in the league, with Jake Arrieta (25), Brian Matusz (24), Brad Bergesen (25) and Chris Tillman(23). Add in a resurgent Justin Duchscherer and the steady Jeremy Guthrie, and that’s a lot of promise.

Season’s biggest bust: Texas. They’re really going to miss not re-signing Cliff Lee. Not to mention the whole Michael Young saga is a great case study in how to blow up team chemistry.

MVP candidate: Robinson Cano. If you thought last year was special, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

CY Young Candidate: Since this award seems given to somebody from a losing team lately, I’ll stay with the trend. Here’s a vote for Joakim Soria.

As always, I look forward to your feedback. And…PLAY BALL!!!

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Orioles (51-86) at Yankees (86-51)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (10-12, 5.15) vs LHP Brian Matusz (7-12, 4.72)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Thames LF
Posada DH
Cervelli C
Gardner CF (more…)

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The Yankees open up a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles today. They’ll be playing at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: RHP A.J. Burnett (10-12, 5.15) vs LHP Brian Matusz (7-12, 4.72)

Tue: LHP C.C. Sabathia (19-5, 3.02) vs RHP Jake Arrieta (4-6, 5.11)

Wed: RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.89) vs RHP Brad Bergesen (6-10, 5.47)

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Rachel Barros

Orioles (15-36) at Yankees (31-20)

Pitching Matchup

RHP Javier Vazquez (3-5, 6.86) vs LHP Brian Matusz (2-5, 5.76)

Lineup

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Thames DH
Cervelli C
Granderson CF
Russo LF

News and Notes (Courtesy of the LoHud Yankees Blog & Yankees.com):

  • Right fielder Nick Swisher will have to reluctantly say goodbye to May, a month in which he hit seven home runs and posted a .374 batting average.
  • Javier Vazquez is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA over his past three starts and will get the nod on Tuesday. Vazquez is undefeated for his career at home against the Orioles — going 5-0 with a 3.47 ERA — but hasn’t faced them since 2008.
  • A-Rod hit his 20th grand slam and 590th home run on Monday. The 20 career grand slams rank third on the all-time list. The Yankees, now 21-17 on Memorial Day, are 5-13 when they are outhit by their opponent this year.
  • The Orioles have only outhit their opponent 17 times this season.
  • Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is day-to-day after being taken out of Monday’s game for precautionary reasons after being plunked in the left hamstring.

The game will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. It’s slated to start at 7:05PM ET. The game is being televised on the YES Network. The game can also be heard on the radio on WCBS 880. Enjoy the game. Go Yankees!

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The Yankees open up a three-game series tonight against the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP Javier Vazquez (3-5, 6.86) vs LHP Brian Matusz (2-5, 5.76)

Wed: RHP Phil Hughes (6-1, 2.70) vs RHP Brad Bergesen (3-3, 5.96)

Thurs: LHP C.C. Sabathia (4-3, 4.16) vs RHP Kevin Millwood (0-5, 3.89)

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Orioles (7-19) at Yankees (17-8)

Pitching Matchup

LHP Brian Matusz (2-1, 4.40) vs RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 2.43)

Lineup

Jeter DH
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Thames LF
Gardner CF
Cervelli C
Pena SS (more…)

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The Yanks open up a three-game series later today against the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Mon: LHP C.C. Sabathia (3-1, 3.12) vs RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 4.70)

Tue: RHP A.J. Burnett (3-0, 2.43) vs LHP Brian Matusz (2-1, 4.40)

Wed: LHP Andy Pettitte (3-0, 2.12) vs RHP David Hernandez (0-3, 4.55)

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Yankees (13-7) vs Orioles (4-17)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 3.20) vs LHP Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38)

Lineup:

Jeter SS
Swisher RF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Thames DH
Granderson CF
Cervelli C
Gardner LF (more…)

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The Yankees will open up a three-game series tonight against the Baltimore Orioles. The games will take place at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland. Here are the pitching probables for the series:

Tue: RHP Phil Hughes (2-0, 2.19) vs RHP Kevin Millwood (0-3, 3.38)

Wed: LHP C.C. Sabathia (2-1, 3.00) vs RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-2, 3.46)

Thurs: RHP A.J. Burnett (2-0, 3.20) vs LHP Brian Matusz (2-0, 4.38)

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Now, with pitchers and catchers due to report in under 30 days, I think now would be the time to unveil our picks for the 2010 season.

My picks are in blue and Zell’s picks are in red

American League

AL East: Yankees, AL Central: Twins, AL West: Angels, AL Wild Card: Red Sox

AL East: Yankees, AL Central: White Sox, AL West: Mariners, AL Wild Card: Red Sox

Division Series

Yankees def. Twins 3-1, Red Sox def. Angels 3-2

Yankees def White Sox 3-0, Red Sox def. Mariners 3-1

ALCS

Yankees def Red Sox 4-3 (MVP: CC Sabathia)

Yankees def Red Sox 4-2 (MVP: Mariano Rivera)

AL MVP: Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander
AL Batting Title: Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki
AL Rookie of the Year: Brian Matusz (Only because I am having a brain fart), Brian Matusz
AL Home Run Crown: Alex Rodriguez, Alex Rodriguez (more…)

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