Yankees vs Orioles : The New York Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. (YES) at Yankee Stadium. The New York Yankees conclude their opening four-game series of the 2019 MLB season on Sunday, March 31 when they host the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees do battle in a three-match series to kick off the new season,
League-wide 2019 MLB Opening Day is Thursday and starts at Yankee Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET when the New York Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees won 100 games last year and return one of the most formidable lineups in the league, led by Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. In the other dugout, the Orioles won a league-low 47 games a year ago, but fared better against rival New York than most teams.
The latest Yankees vs. Orioles odds list New York as a -400 favorite (risk $400 to win $100), while Baltimore is at +285 (risk $100 to win $285). The over-under for total runs is 8.5 after opening at nine. Masahiro Tanaka gets his fourth Opening Day start for the Yankees, while Andrew Cashner starts the first game of the season for the second time in his career. Before laying any Yankees vs. Orioles picks of your own, you’ll want to see the 2019 MLB Opening Day predictions from SportsLine MLB expert Adam Thompson.
Thompson raked in the winnings as SportsLine’s top MLB handicapper last year, hitting on 61 percent of his money line picks for a massive profit of $4,062 to $100 players. He’s also on a scorching 23-4 run on his MLB picks dating back to last year, a streak that included hitting every World Series game and nailing the Mariners’ win over the Athletics in the 2019 opener in Japan.
Thompson, who covered major sports for 20 years as a writer and columnist before joining SportsLine as a senior writer and handicapper, cites deeply-researched stats and trends you haven’t considered to build his MLB success. Anybody who has followed his MLB picks is way, way up.
Now, Thompson has studied Yankees vs. Orioles on MLB Opening Day 2019 and locked in a confident money line play at SportsLine. Last season, he was an astonishing 11-0 when picking games involving the Orioles, so you’ll want to hear what he has to say.
Thompson knows the Yankees had the most powerful lineup in the history of baseball last year, belting 267 home runs, led by the 38 from Stanton. The former Marlin also had 102 runs and 100 RBIs in 61 at-bats. Judge is back and fully healthy, and had a monster spring training with six home runs and 14 RBIs.
There’s also the question on how the Orioles will score runs this season. They ranked dead-last in the American League in scoring last year and while they made few notable free agency moves, they are still projected for another 100-loss season.
But just because the Yankees are heavily favored at home doesn’t mean they’re the best value on the money line for MLB Opening Day 2019.
The Orioles were far and away the worst team in baseball last season, but a new year brings renewed optimism. It helps that they’ll face a pitcher in Tanaka who’s 0-2 in four Opening Day starts with a 9.49 ERA.
Regardless of how poor Baltimore was, it gets up for games at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles were a surprising 5-4 in the Bronx last year. Cashner shut down the pinstripes for one run over six innings in his second start of the season last year. Stanton and Judge are a combined 4-for-26 (.154) all-time against him.
Thompson has studied this matchup from every angle and unearthed a hidden x-factor you’re not even thinking about that determines which side of the money line has all the value. He’s only sharing what it is, and who to back, at SportsLine.
After a day break, we are on to game two of the 2019 season.
On Thursday, the Yankees won the Opening Day game against the Orioles fairly easily, after a good start from Masahiro Tanaka and a solid all-around game from the offense. The Yankees lost some annoying games to the Orioles last season, so it was nice to see them dispatch Baltimore without much trouble in the season opener. That win sees them currently on pace for a 162-0 record, which they will surely keep up.
As for today, there’s some more exciting stuff on the horizon. James Paxton gets the start on the mound to make his regular season Yankees debut. His acquisition from the Mariners was arguably the biggest move of the offseason for the Yankees. Now we get to see what he can do in pinstripes.
DJ LeMahieu also makes his first appearance of the season, getting the start at third base. Let’s check out the rest of the Yankees’ lineup.
There’s some shifting in the defensive positions and Greg Bird moves to the bench, but otherwise it’s fairly close to what the Yankees ran out on Opening Day. Let’s hope for a similar offensive output from this version.