Two American League East foes—who have already played each other 18 times this season—will battle at least three more times to determine who will advance to play for the American League pennant.
The top-seeded New York Yankees sat and watched the Baltimore Orioles defeat the Texas Rangers in a one-game Wild Card playoff game, and the Bronx Bombers will play the first two games of the best-of-five series at Camden Yards. The third and potentially fourth and fifth games of the series will be played at Yankee Stadium.
The season series between the Yankees and Orioles was split nine games apiece, but that tie will be broken in the upcoming week. New York took the first three matchups of the season, but Baltimore battled back as it has done all year long to eventually tie the series, earn a postseason berth and make it into the ALDS.
The Orioles are as hot as hot gets, and the Yankees will have to be very careful with how they approach them. These are not the Orioles of years past. These Orioles are the real deal. On the contrary, the Yankees are the Yankees and are never an easy out in the postseason.
Let’s dive into a full analysis of the series, including lineups, starting rotations, bullpens, intangibles and predictions of who will be advancing and who will be going home early.