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Orioles vs Yankees Betting Preview

For the first time in two decades, a Baltimore Orioles series against the New York Yankees in September means something in the standings.

And as always, it means plenty to bettors, who can find terrific money line wagering value here on this series.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the New York Yankees invade Camden Yards on Thursday.

David Phelps, with a record of 1-2 on the season, gets the ball for the Yankees, while the Orioles trot Jason Hammel to the mound in this one. He is 8-6 so far in 2012.

View NY Yankees vs Baltimore Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Orioles as +100 moneyline underdogs in this matchup at 5Dimes. Over under bettors saw the number open at 9 over at BetOnline.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 12-ranked Orioles and the American League No. 1-rated Yankees in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Baltimore's American League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 4.3 runs per game, against a Yankees offense rated No. 4 and scoring 4.8 runs per game in the league. The Orioles have averaged 8.4 hits per game to date this season, less than the Yankees hitters have managed (8.8 per nine innings).

Baltimore owns the American League's No. 9 defense, allowing 4.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with New York's American League No. 4-rated defense.

New York won its last outing, a 6-4 result against the Rays on September 5. Bettors who backed the Yankees at +102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. New York rolled to a 6-4 win against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, as Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees' bats led the team to victory at Tropicana Field.

Last time out for Baltimore, they were a 6-4 loser as they battled the Blue Jays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Blue Jays at -109 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Baltimore didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 6-4 to Toronto on Wednesday at Rogers Centre.

New York Yankees Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Baltimore are 3-7
After playing Tampa Bay are 7-3
After a win are 2-8

Baltimore Orioles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After playing Toronto are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2


A few Yankees at Orioles trends to consider:
NY Yankees are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of NY Yankees' last 7 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of NY Yankees' last 15 games when playing Baltimore
Baltimore is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Baltimore is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
Baltimore is 5-2 SU in their last 7 games when playing NY Yankees
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games when playing at home against NY Yankees

Next up:
NY Yankees at Baltimore, Friday, September 7