We’ve seen shades of 1998 in the Bronx this season, with the Yankees getting off to their best start since that history-making Bombers team. The Orioles will try to slow down New York’s juggernaut Thursday, and you can watch it free in MLB.TV’s Free Game of the Day at 12:35 p.m. ET.
Amazingly, the only team that has dealt the Yankees a series loss this season is the Orioles, who hosted New York from April 15-17 and took two out of three games. Entering Wednesday’s game against the O’s, the Yankees had gone 22-4 since that series in Baltimore.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge homered twice against Baltimore on Tuesday to run his MLB-leading total to 14. Judge has been locked in at the plate for weeks, coming out of Tuesday’s performance with 13 homers in his past 21 games.
Three of the first five hitters to record double-digit home runs this season play for the Yankees, with Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo joining Judge among the select Major Leaguers to go deep 10-plus times so far.
Bruce Zimmermann, who threw five scoreless innings in the Orioles’ win over the Yankees on April 17, will get the ball Thursday. The left-hander is in the midst of a breakout season, having recorded a 2.72 ERA with 32 strikeouts and only three homers allowed in 36 1/3 innings.