After pitching a pair of winners on Opening Day Ben Steele returns with a look at Saturday's Major League action...
"25-year-old sensation, Aaron Judge took the league by storm last year hitting 52 home runs with an impressive 20% of those coming against Orioles pitchers."
Back Judge to hit home again
Orioles @ Yankees
With the big hitting trio of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez in their lineup the Yankees have one of the most explosive offences in the Major League, making them a daunting proposition for any pitcher to face and the Baltimore Orioles have more reason to be cautious than most.
25-year-old sensation, Aaron Judge took the league by storm last year hitting 52 home runs with an impressive 20% of those coming against Orioles pitchers. The domination has continued in 2018 with Judge adding another homer in his first match of the season against the O's on Thursday, look for the big man to hit another tonight.
Expect runs in Milwaukee
Cubs @ Brewers
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The divisional rivals face off for their first series of the season looking to find some consistency after patchy opening weeks. The Milwaukee Brewers started strongly, sweeping a three game stand against the San Diego Padres, but starting pitcher Zach Davies struggled in his first appearance of the season, giving up six runs in just over five innings against St. Louis.
Chicago are in a similar position; as Yu Darvish heads to the mound hoping to recover from a lacklustre performance that saw him withdrawn after just 4 and 1/3 innings on Easter Sunday. With both pitchers seeming to lack control and confidence in their first starts of the season and both batting lineups flashing the ability to score heavily.
Padres woes to continue
Padres @ Astros
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Gerrit Cole announced himself in Houston with a dominant performance, allowing just two hits and one earned run in seven innings of work as the Astros ran out comfortable 8-2 winners against the Texas Rangers. The Californian pitcher probably couldn't have asked for a better opponent to face for his second start as an Astro, as he faces off against a San Diego Padres side who hold the worst record in the National League (1-6).
Expect Cole to receive decent run support too as the Astros boast 4 hitters with batting averages above .400 and Padres pitcher Bryan Mitchell struggled to keep the score down in his first outing of the season.