The Yankees collected 13 hits on Saturday night on the way to an 8-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
His best outing came last time he faced the Orioles: seven innings allowing only four baserunners while striking out six in a combined 7-0 shutout. The Yankees will be hoping for a repeat performance, as he was efficient (92 pitches) and limited hard contact (84.5 mph average exit velocity against). He used each of his four pitches at least 20 percent of the time, which could be a useful template for keeping hitters guessing in tonight’s game.
He can also be buoyed by the notion that his luck hasn’t still completely turned. After a dreadfully unfortunate start to the season, Mancini has had more hits sneak through the infield but still entered Friday with an expected batting average of . according to MLB Statcast data from BaseballSavant.com, where in reality he was batting .