Former Baltimore Oriole and current YES Network Analyst Ken Singleton joined the Scott Garceau Show with Jeremy Conn to preview the Orioles series against the New York Yankees this weekend.
With Carlos Beltran hitting the DL the Yanks have been plagued with injuries including an injury to starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Ken gave an insiders look on how the Yankees dealt with the injury. “The first game in Cleveland, the opening night, he told the Yankee trainers that he was having issues and they immediately placed him on the DL. He will appear at the All-Star Game but obviously he will not pitch.”
New York recently made a move to acquire Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks. McCarthy joins pitches Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel in switching from the senior circuit to the American League. Ken thinks switching leagues doesn’t benefit the pitchers. “There might be some soft hitters over there (National League) with a number eight hitter and a pitcher… And coming over here (American League) you have to face someone else like a Nelson Cruz which makes it tougher on the pitchers.”
Scott and Jeremy both believe that the O’s should take the division; they asked the former Oriole if he thinks the Yankees could steal it from the birds. “They’ve kind of hung in there, that’s the good news. But they’re only two games above .500 which is the bad news. Only one team in the league has had a run and that was the Blue Jays who seem like they are going the other direction. If the Yankees or Orioles make a run I can see either taking the division.”
And finally the boys asked Ken on what he thinks could hurt the Orioles making a run. He thinks it all comes back to not having consistent starting pitching. “I think the Orioles can score enough to make their pitching look good. You can win 8-5 and no one cares about that… A lot depends on the Orioles offense to make their pitching look good.”