Andrew Cashner to start opening day for the Orioles
Baltimore Orioles Manager Brandon Hyde has confirmed that veteran righty Andrew Cashner will take the mound on Opening Day on Thursday against the New York Yankees. Alex Cobb was originally slated for the start, however, he will begin the season on the Injured List with a groin issue.
Cashner will begin his ninth season with a career 4.02 ERA with 793 strikeouts in 1,046 innings pitched. Cashner had a difficult 2018 going 4-15 with a 5.29 ERA in his first season with the Orioles. The 32-year old has not fared much better this spring, currently sporting a 5.87 ERA in 5 starts.
The Orioles pitching staff will have their hands full in the series facing a Yankees team that last year ranked second in the majors in runs scored and first in home runs. The game is scheduled for 1:05 P.M. in the Bronx and will be nationally broadcasted on ESPN.