Put simply, the Orioles’ hitters ground New York’s pitchers into the dirt; every player in Baltimore the lineup had a hit except for Nate McLouth. In addition, Chris Davis had five RBIs and three runs scored. The game was just as ugly as it sounds.
Luckily, Hiroki Kuroda is taking the mound for the Yankees tomorrow. Though C.C. Sabathia is probably the best pitcher on the staff, Kuroda’s been the ace of the team. He has a minuscule 2.77 ERA over 16 starts, good for seventh-best in the American League. Also, that’s the best mark among starters on the team by a wide margin. True, Kuroda only has seven wins, but that is mostly due to a lack of run support, not poor performance.
As the ace of the team, Kuroda has to do what an ace does best: win, and more importantly, win after a loss.
I’d expect him to come out sharp, firing lots of strikes early. But even at his sharpest, I wonder how he will do against this lineup. Chris Davis is scalding-hot, and if he goes yard, Kuroda will just have to hope it’s not with runners on base.
Kuroda has his work cut out for him against the Orioles tomorrow. Here’s hoping he pitches like an ace.