The New York Yankees attempt to continue their charge toward first place in the American League East when they visit the Baltimore Orioles on Monday afternoon for the opener of a crucial three-game series. New York won three of four against division-leading Boston at home over the weekend, posting a 9-2 victory on Sunday to climb within 3 1/2 games of its bitter rival.
Aaron Judge reclaimed the AL home-run lead by hitting his 38th of the season while Starlin Castro looks to continue swinging a hot bat as he has gone 5-for-14 with three RBIs over his last three contests. Baltimore trails wild card-leading New York by 3 1/2 games and is 1 1/2 behind Minnesota for the second spot after recording a 5-4 comeback victory in 12 innings over Toronto on Sunday. Welington Castillo led off the ninth inning with the second of his two solo homers to forge a tie before Mark Trumbo delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the 12th as the Orioles improved to 5-2 on their 10-game homestand. Castillo has gone 17-for-40 - including five multi-hit performances - with six home runs and 11 RBIs over his last 11 contests.
TV: 2:05 p.m. ET, YES (New York), MASN (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Yankees LH Jordan Montgomery (7-7, 4.15 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Dylan Bundy (13-8, 3.94)
Montgomery’s winless streak reached five starts on Wednesday, when he yielded four runs on six hits and three walks over four innings of a loss to Cleveland. The 24-year-old native of South Carolina has won just once in his last 10 outings despite giving up three runs or fewer seven times in that span. Montgomery has made three starts against Baltimore during his rookie season, going 1-1 while allowing six earned runs in 16 1/3 frames.
Bundy is coming off his first career complete game, a one-hit shutout against Seattle in which he walked two and hit a batter while registering a personal-best 12 strikeouts. The 24-year-old from Oklahoma is riding a seven-start unbeaten streak during which he has recorded four victories and posted a 3.04 ERA. Bundy owns a 2-2 record and 4.44 ERA in six career appearances (four starts) against New York after splitting a pair of decisions earlier this season.
1. Orioles 3B Manny Machado was named the AL Player of the Month for August after hitting .341 with 12 homers and 35 RBIs in 29 games.
2. Baltimore recalled Gabriel Ynoa from Triple-A Norfolk and optioned fellow RHP Alec Asher to Double-A Bowie while the Yankees placed OF Aaron Hicks (oblique) on the 10-day disabled list and summoned LHP Caleb Smith from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
3. New York owns a 4-25 record in games in which it has not hit a home run.
PREDICTION: Orioles 5, Yankees 3