NEW YORK — The New York Yankees are increasing their win total by frequently scoring runs against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Yankees get their final chance to generate offense against the Orioles Sunday afternoon as they attempt to complete a four-game sweep.
The Yankees are 12-6 against the Orioles. They have scored 150 runs this season against Baltimore after Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird hit three-run homers before Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer in Saturday’s 9-3 victory.
By getting three lopsided wins, the Yankees are in position to get their first four-game sweep of the Orioles since Sept. 19-22, 2005, in a series that was significantly closer. The Yankees scored 24 runs and posted three one-run victories during their last four-game sweep of the Orioles.
“They’re a really good team,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Baltimore. “They’ve been a really good team. They’ve been a playoff team, and offensively they’ve been extremely dangerous.
“They’ve had a strong back of the bullpen. This year we’ve played better against them and we’ve been able to contain their offense a little bit more. To be able to do what we did the last few days, our pitchers have done a really good job.”
The pitching part of Girardi’s statement is accurate as the Yankees are outscoring the Orioles 30-10 in this series, but his team’s domination of the Orioles is mostly based on offense.
New York’s 150 runs are its most against the Orioles since the franchise relocated from St. Louis following the 1953 season. Those runs are also the most since the Yankees totaled 158 in 22 games against the Kansas City Athletics in 1956 when Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle won the triple crown.
The Yankees are batting .337 in the series so far, and they are hitting .318 (205-for-644) against the Orioles.
The timing of New York’s productivity is well-timed. The Yankees are 12-4 in their last 16 games since getting swept in a three-game series by the…