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ALDS, Yankees vs. Orioles: How they match up

A look at the best-of-five series between New York and Baltimore.

October 06, 2012|By Mike DiGiovanna

Game 1: Sunday, 3:15 p.m., TBS

New York (LHP CC Sabathia 15-6, 3.38) at Baltimore (RHP Jason Hammel 8-6, 3.43)

Game 2: Monday, 5 p.m., TV

New York (LHP Andy Pettitte 5-4, 2.87 ERA) at Baltimore (LHP Wei-Yin Chen 12-11, 4.02))

Game 3: Wednesday, TBA

Baltimore (RHP Miguel Gonzalez 9-4, 3.25) at New York (RHP Hiroki Kuroda (16-11, 3.32)

Game 4: Thursday, TBA *

Baltimore (LHP Joe Saunders 3-3, 3.63) at New York (RHP Phil Hughes 16-13, 4.23)

Game 5: Friday, TBA*

Baltimore (RHP Jason Hammel 8-6, 3.43) at New York (LHP CC Sabathia 15-6, 3.38)

*if necessary/all times PDT

Projected lineups

Pos.; New York, Avg.; HR; RBIs

SS; Derek Jeter;. 316; 15; 58

LF;I chiro Suzuki; .283; 9; 55

3B; Alex Rodriguez; .272; 18; 57

2B; Robinson Cano; .313; 33; 94

RF; Nick Swisher;. 272; 24; 93

1B; Mark Teixeira; .251; 24; 84

CF; Curtis Granderson; .232; 43; 106

DH; Raul Ibanez; .240; 19; 62

C; Russell Martin;. 211; 21; 53

Pos.; Baltimore; Avg.; HR; RBIs

LF; Nate McLouth; .268; 7; 18

SS; J.J. Hardy; .238; 22; 68

CF; Adam Jones; .287; 32; 82

C; Matt Wieters; .249; 23; 83

RF; Chris Davis; .270; 33; 85

1B; Mark Reynolds; .221; 23; 69

DH; Jim Thome; .257; 3; 10

3B; Manny Machado; .262; 7; 26

2B; Roberton Andino; .211; 7; 28

Keys to the series

If these teams were boxers, they'd be heavyweights. New York led the AL with 245 home runs, scoring 48.4% of its runs via the long ball, and Baltimore ranked second with 214 homers, scoring 47.3% of its runs via the long ball. If the bullpens decide the series, the Orioles would have the edge. Baltimore, behind closer Jim Johnson (major league-leading 51 saves) and right-handers Pedro Strop (2.44 ERA) and Darren O'Day (2.28 ERA), went 74-0 in games they led after seven innings, 29-9 in one-run games and have won 16 straight extra-inning games. Yankees closer Rafael Soriano, who converted 42 of 46 save opportunities, filled in admirably for the injured Mariano Rivera, but there will be extra pressure on him to replace the greatest postseason reliever in baseball history. The Orioles won't be intimidated by Yankee Stadium; they won all three of their series in New York this season.

The pick: Orioles in five.

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