|TORONTO ( DICKEY )|
BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )
|919||TORONTO||+100||Ov 8,-110||-110||Ov 8,+100|
|920||BALTIMORE||-110||Un 8,-110||+100||Un 8,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-8||-2.4||6-9||4.1||0.230||0.305||4.4||0.265||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4||2-5||3.1||0.215||0.277||4.6||0.248||0.303|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-5||+1.7||6-5||4.9||0.257||0.318||4.2||0.248||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.9||3-2||5.1||0.253||0.321||4.3||0.233||0.333|
|4/9/2013||MORROW(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||3-7||L||110||8 ev||O||8||6||1||15||12||0|
|4/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||8-6||W||125||9 un||O||12||8||1||11||9||0|
|4/11/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-11||L||125||8 un||O||9||9||0||16||11||0|
|4/12/2013||HAPP(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||8-4||W||-110||8 un||O||8||4||0||5||4||3|
|4/13/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-2||W||125||7.5 un||U||2||1||0||8||9||0|
|4/14/2013||MORROW(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||110||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||10||9||1|
|4/15/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||FLOYD(R)||4-3||W||-120||8.5 ov||U||10||8||0||10||8||0|
|4/16/2013||JOHNSON(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||3-4||L||-150||9 un||U||9||5||0||5||6||0|
|4/17/2013||HAPP(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||0-7||L||-125||8.5 ev||U||6||8||0||11||5||0|
|4/18/2013||DICKEY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||3-1||W||-110||7.5 ev||U||4||2||0||4||3||2|
|4/19/2013||MORROW(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-9||L||-125||8 un||O||7||2||1||13||8||0|
|4/20/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||3-5||L||+100||8.5 ov||U||7||6||2||11||8||0|
|4/21/2013||JOHNSON(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||8-4||W||-150||8.5 un||O||11||7||0||11||9||1|
|4/22/2013||HAPP(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||1-2||L||110||8.5 un||U||4||6||1||5||9||0|
|4/23/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|4/24/2013||MORROW(R)||@ BALTIMORE||STINSON(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|4/27/2013||HAPP(L)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|4/28/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|4/10/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||8-5||W||130||9 un||O||6||4||0||5||3||2|
|4/11/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||ACEVES(R)||3-2||W||115||9 un||U||9||10||0||8||8||0|
|4/12/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||2-5||L||135||8 un||U||9||4||1||6||8||1|
|4/13/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-3||W||-105||9 un||U||11||6||1||11||9||1|
|4/14/2013||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-3||L||105||8.5 un||U||5||5||0||7||5||2|
|4/16/2013||ARRIETA(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||5-4||W||-120||9 un||P||6||6||0||6||7||1|
|4/17/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||2-6||L||+110||8 ev||P||5||8||0||11||7||0|
|4/18/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||10-6||W||+120||7.5 ov||O||14||3||1||11||9||0|
|4/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||7-5||W||-115||8.5 un||O||10||5||0||8||8||1|
|4/20/2013||CHEN(L)||LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||6-1||W||-125||8 un||U||8||6||0||6||8||2|
|4/21/2013||ARRIETA(R)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||4-7||L||-130||9 un||O||10||7||0||8||9||0|
|4/25/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ OAKLAND||PARKER(R)|| |
|4/26/2013||CHEN(L)||@ OAKLAND||MILONE(L)|| |
|4/27/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRIFFIN(R)|| |
|4/28/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ OAKLAND||COLON(R)|| |
|4/29/2013||STINSON(R)||@ SEATTLE||SAUNDERS(L)|| |
|4/30/2013|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|BALTIMORE: HITTING: The leadoff spot is 2B BRIAN ROBERTS' if he can stay on the field. His recent injury history is very troubling, though his talent makes him a risk worth taking. 2B ROBERT ANDINO and 2B RYAN ADAMS would compete for time if Roberts is out. The O's best hitter last year was arguably SS J.J. HARDY. He was healthy for the first time in years and flexed his legit 30-HR power. If Roberts and Hardy stay healthy, OF NICK MARKAKIS will likely hit third and see an increase in RBI chances. OF ADAM JONES seems to have the highest ceiling of any Baltimore hitter. 3B MARK REYNOLDS will probably end up at 1B. His horrendous average cancels out some of his 40-HR potential. OF NOLAN REIMOLD revived his MLB career with an impressive end of the season. He's got a shot to start in left. 1B CHRIS DAVIS is a candidate to start at first, third or DH as sort of a Junior Mark Reynolds. C MATT WIETERS is already one of the best two-way backstops in baseball at age 25. |
STARTING PITCHING: WEI-YIN CHEN pitched well enough in Japan (2.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in past four seasons) to become the de-facto ace of this horrible pitching staff. JAKE ARRIETA is a mediocre talent, but is good enough to secure a spot as a Baltimore starter. JASON HAMMEL hopes the switch from Coors Field will help lower his career ERA of 4.99. The highest-risk, highest-potential O's pitcher may be BRIAN MATUSZ. His 2011 line is frightening (10.69 ERA, 2.11 WHIP), but he has the raw skills and pitch repertoire to turn it around. TOMMY HUNTER came over from Texas midseason and should round out the rotation.
RELIEF PITCHING: There was talk of JIM JOHNSON being converted into a starter, but he'll open the season as the team's closer. Johnson established himself as the O's best option to close after going 7-for-7 in that role last September. KEVIN GREGG would step in as the ninth-inning man if Johnson falters. He was unstable in that role last year. Gregg is a trade candidate this midseason, in which case he'd probably end up a set-up man elsewhere. Flame-throwing MATT LINDSTROM is a darkhorse for saves. He saved 23 games for Houston in 2010 before being used as a set-up man in Colorado last year. TSUYOSHI WADA brings his finesse game from Japan. He's a heady hurler who hides the ball well, but he's in for a rude awakening in the A.L. East. BRAD BERGESEN and CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS are long relievers who may get bumped into the rotation if the young Baltimore SPs struggle again.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-BALTIMORE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Orioles Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Toronto (8-11) at Baltimore (10-8), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Although R.A. Dickey was forced to leave his last start early, he's feeling well enough to give it a go Tuesday night.
The Baltimore Orioles can't be happy to hear that.
Dickey, who completely baffled manager Buck Showalter's team last season, tries to win a third straight start as the Toronto Blue Jays continue a three-game set against the Orioles at Camden Yards.
After compiling an 8.44 ERA over his first two outings, Dickey (2-2, 4.30 ERA) has since found his form, posting a 0.73 mark in winning his last two. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner scattered two hits and struck out seven over six scoreless innings Thursday in a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox before exiting due to tightness in his neck and back.
"I had a knuckleball tonight where I would have thrown a complete game," he said, "so it was unfortunate that (the injury) acted up on me."
Dickey skipped his bullpen session between starts, instead choosing to play catch. He's eager to get back on the mound but isn't sure how long he'll last.
"I feel better than I did leading into my last start. I think we've given it enough rest and treatment," he said. "It tends to tighten up as the game goes along."
Dickey has recorded a 0.56 ERA in winning his last two starts versus Baltimore (11-8), including a brilliant performance last June 18 while with the New York Mets. The veteran knuckleballer fanned a career high-tying 13 and threw a one-hitter in a 5-0 victory.
"He's not like (Tim) Wakefield flipping it up there 60 miles an hour, this guy is throwing with some velocity on it," Chris Davis, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts that night, told MLB's official website afterward.
"He's got a couple of different looks, and he still throws some other pitches, too, to complement that. He's throwing anywhere from 78 to 83 miles an hour - that's a hard knuckleball. You just got to grit your teeth and bear it."
Dickey could have his hands full this time around against an Orioles team that's hitting .429 with runners in scoring position during a 4-1 run. Baltimore had gone 0 for 7 in such situations Monday before Nick Markakis came through with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the ninth inning for a 2-1 win.
Toronto (8-12) finds itself at the bottom of the AL East after dropping five of seven. Manager John Gibbons refused to blame shortstop Munenori Kawasaki for his costly throwing error that loaded the bases for Baltimore.
"To hang that on him, I'm not about to do that," Gibbons said. "You win as a team and lose as a team. They got the big hit when they needed it."
Edwin Encarnacion went 1 for 4 with a run scored Monday - his only hit in his last 18 at-bats. Jose Bautista saw his average dip back down to .200 after going 0 for 4. The slugging right fielder is batting .071 (2 for 28) over his last nine games against the Orioles.
Baltimore now turns to Miguel Gonzalez (1-1, 4.00), who gave up a career worst-tying three homers and five runs over 5 2-3 innings Thursday in a 10-6 , 10-inning win over Tampa Bay. The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.73 ERA over two starts against the Blue Jays.
Colby Rasmus is 0 for 7 with three strikeouts against Gonzalez, and Encarnacion is 1 for 7. That hit, though, left the yard.
The Orioles have taken eight of 10 from the Blue Jays at home.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 1:24:15 AM EST|