|TORONTO ( BOLSINGER )|
BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )
|923||TORONTO||+150||Ov 9.5,+100||+145||Ov 9,-110|
|924||BALTIMORE||-160||Un 9.5,-120||-155||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-18||-2.6||15-17||4.1||0.236||0.298||0.378||0.676||4.2||0.245||0.312||0.372||0.684|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.7||5-2||5.3||0.252||0.325||0.450||0.775||5.1||0.275||0.330||0.389||0.718|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-9||+5.6||14-10||4.8||0.261||0.313||0.435||0.748||4.4||0.257||0.333||0.399||0.732|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||3-4||5.7||0.276||0.323||0.451||0.774||5.9||0.299||0.380||0.490||0.870|
|5/6/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||1-6||L||125||7.5 ov||U||4||2||0||6||5||1|
|5/7/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||2-1||W||115||8 ov||U||4||4||1||3||6||0|
|5/11/2017||ESTRADA(R)||SEATTLE||DE JONG(R)||7-2||W||-120||9 un||P||9||5||0||6||8||0|
|5/17/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||4-8||L||100||9 un||O||7||5||3||6||5||1|
|5/18/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||9-0||W||-125||8 un||O||12||7||0||7||8||0|
|5/19/2017||SANCHEZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-5||L||-105||9 ov||U||7||8||0||9||8||1|
|5/20/2017||BOLSINGER(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)|| |
|5/21/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)|| |
|5/23/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)|| |
|5/24/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||DAVIES(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||TEXAS|| || |
|5/6/2017||BUNDY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)||6-5||W||-210||9 ov||O||12||9||0||8||5||1|
|5/7/2017||TILLMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||4-0||W||-115||8.5 un||U||11||10||0||8||11||1|
|5/10/2017||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||6-7||L||155||7.5 ev||O||10||5||1||13||11||0|
|5/12/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-3||L||-105||8 ev||U||9||7||0||7||7||0|
|5/13/2017||TILLMAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KARNS(R)||3-4||L||105||8.5 ov||U||6||5||0||12||10||0|
|5/14/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||YOUNG(R)||8-9||L||-135||9 ov||O||13||12||1||14||11||0|
|5/16/2017||MILEY(L)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||13-11||W||105||9.5 ov||O||20||11||0||18||15||1|
|5/17/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||FULMER(R)||4-5||L||130||9.5 ov||U||11||8||1||9||8||1|
|5/18/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ DETROIT||ZIMMERMANN(R)||5-6||L||-125||10 ev||O||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|5/26/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ HOUSTON||MUSGROVE(R)|| |
|5/27/2017|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|TORONTO: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: John Gibbons (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, IF/OF Steve Pearce, IF Lourdes Gurriel, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joe Smith
Who's gone? 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Michael Saunders, C Josh Thole, C Dioner Navarro, OF Junior Lake, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Projected lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), RF Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), DH Kendrys Morales (.263, 30, 93 with Royals), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), 1B Justin Smoak (.217, 14, 34), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53, 14 SB), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23)
Rotation: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pirates and Blue Jays)
Key relievers: RH Roberto Osuna (4-3, 2.68, 36/42 SV), RH Jason Grilli (6-4, 3.64), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06), LH J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.09 with Dodgers), RH Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 with Angels), LH Aaron Loup (0-0, 5.02)
Hot spots: bullpen. The Blue Jays signed only a couple high-profile free agents (retaining Bautista, adding Morales) and brought in many lower-profile veterans mostly to compete for bullpen jobs. Howell and Smith, signed to low-risk deals, are all but guaranteed jobs. But what of Dominic Leone, Mat Latos, Mike Bolsinger, Lucas Harrell and Leonel Campos? Toronto seems to be crowd-sourcing its middle innings with low-risk, right-handed options. Up to a half-dozen pitchers could be competing for one or two jobs.
Outlook: The Blue Jays' roster is enviably balanced, albeit among the older ones in the league. Toronto led the AL in ERA last year. Their entire starting rotation returns, and their veteran bullpen is set up well to support second-year closer Osuna. Ironically, the youngest player in the Jays' starting lineup, 26-year-old Travis, has the biggest health concern of the bunch. He didn't appear in a spring training game until recently because of offseason knee surgery. Encarnacion, who was good for .270/30/100 every year, will be missed. The question now is whether Morales (33), Bautista (36), Tulowitzki (32) and Martin (34) are still close enough to their primes to power another playoff run.
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|Orioles' Gausman attempts to get going against Blue Jays|
BALTIMORE -- Kevin Gausman has been trying to find his way since the beginning of the season for the Baltimore Orioles, and he will get another chance to do so when he starts Saturday night against the Toronto Blue Jays in the middle game of a three-game series.
Gausman (2-3, 7.19 ERA) started on Opening Day with Chris Tillman on the disabled list but has struggled throughout the first part of this season.
The right-hander already has allowed seven homers in 41 1/3 innings and gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings last Sunday at Kansas City but came away with a no-decision.
Gausman has a 3-3 record with a 3.99 ERA against Toronto in his career. The troubles that Gausman has experienced so far have been puzzling as he pitched strongly in the second half of last year, helping the Orioles make the playoffs.
Mike Bolsinger (0-2, 6.10) will be making his third start this season. He also a rough time in his last outing, allowing six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, taking the loss this past Monday in Atlanta.
This will be his first career appearance against the Orioles (24-16).
Both teams' bullpens stayed busy Friday as the game went through two rain delays, including one in the 10th inning, so a good effort from the starters would help the Blue Jays (18-25) and the Orioles.
Baltimore now has seven pitchers in its bullpen after going with six for a while, and manager Buck Showalter is happy with that.
"We finally got back to seven down there, which means a lot," Showalter said. "(With) bullpens, you're one or two short starts away from ... having to make some adjustments. We've got some good pieces available if we need them."
Baltimore had a few nagging injuries that caused Showalter to hold up on his lineup card before the Friday game. Manny Machado (sore finger) returned, but Seth Smith (ball hit his cheek below eye) was held out of the series opener, although he could have pinch hit late, Showalter said.
Smith was injured in the finale of the series in Detroit on Thursday when a ball he hit bounced back up and banged off the cheek.
The Blue Jays continue to deal with a large number of injuries. Darrell Ceciliani was put on the 10-day disabled list (left shoulder) after injuring himself hitting a home run on Thursday in Atlanta.
Toronto called up outfielder Anthony Alford to replace Ceciliani. Alford made his major league debut in the game, playing left field and batting eighth.
Toronto now has 10 players on the 10- or 60-day disabled list so far this season, as injuries have hurt the team in the first two months this season.
Despite all of those problems, the Jays led for much of the game before the Orioles rallied for a 5-3 victory. The Blue Jays scored all of their runs in the fourth, and manager John Gibbons gambled on a suicide squeeze with a runner on third and one out against starter Chris Tillman. But it did not work and Toronto did not score again.
"They've got the infield in ... take a chance," Gibbons said. "Figured they'd throw him a strike. I don't know if that was the game, but it would've helped."
|Last Updated: 7/24/2017 1:37:23 PM EST|