The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles are set to play Game Two of their 2012 MLB playoff series.
The American League Division Series matchup will get underway at Camden Yards at 8:07 p.m. ET. It will air nationally on TBS. If you can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream online at mlb.com for $4.99. The package allows you to watch all the ALDS, NLDS and ALCS games online.
The Yankees took Game One 7-2, in a contest that was much closer than the final score might indicate. New York broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning with a solo home run. They tacked on four more runs en route to a victory.
Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the Yankees against the Orioles Wei-Yin Chen. Pettitte had a 2.87 earned run average during the season, but made just 12 starts. Chen was healthy all season, finishing the year with 12 wins and a 4.02 ERA.
The two pitchers are at very different points in their career.
At 40 years old, Pettitte is the most experienced postseason pitcher of all time. He’s first with 263 innings pitched and 19 career wins. The veteran has been even better in his advanced age. Since returning to New York in 2007, he has a 2.82 ERA in the playoffs.
Chen is in his first season and has never made a postseason appearance. The rookie did struggle, however, down the stretch, when the Orioles were in a playoff-like atmosphere. He went 0-4 with a 5.05 ERA in his last six starts.
If Pettitte doesn’t give New York a lot of innings, the team’s bullpen is well rested. C.C. Sabathia came one out short of a complete game on Sunday.
Despite giving up five runs in Game One, Baltimore has one of the best groups of relievers in baseball. Their bullpen helped them win 29 of 38 one-run games, and led them to 16 straight extra innings victories.
Betting Line: New York -134, Baltimore +124
Prediction: With Pettitte’s track record of playoff success, don’t expect the Orioles to score many runs. Chen hasn’t pitched well lately, so expect Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki to set the table for the Yankees lineup with a few hits. If Chen can’t hold down New York’s lineup, this one could get out of hand.
Predicted Score: New York 6, Baltimore 1