|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
TORONTO ( JENKINS )
|965||BALTIMORE||-115||Ov 10,-110||-105||Ov 10,+110|
|966||TORONTO||+105||Un 10,-110||-105||Un 10,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-15||+4.9||21-12||5.4||0.277||0.332||4.9||0.264||0.333|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||4-2||5.1||0.291||0.322||5.3||0.272||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||16-21||-5.3||19-17||4.4||0.245||0.315||4.9||0.261||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||5-2||5.6||0.286||0.354||5.9||0.270||0.317|
|5/12/2013||CHEN(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||6-0||W||-105||8 un||U||11||6||0||8||8||1|
|5/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-3||L||-145||8 ov||U||5||4||0||8||7||1|
|5/15/2013||GARCIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-8||L||-155||9 ov||O||11||10||1||17||11||0|
|5/17/2013||HAMMEL(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||10-12||L||-110||9 un||O||13||3||1||17||8||0|
|5/18/2013||JURRJENS(R)||TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)||6-10||L||+100||9 ev||O||13||10||0||11||6||0|
|5/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||1-3||L||+100||8.5 ov||U||5||5||1||7||7||0|
|5/20/2013||GARCIA(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-6||L||+120||9 un||O||13||10||0||9||4||0|
|5/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-2||W||-115||9 ev||U||8||7||0||5||3||1|
|5/22/2013||HAMMEL(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-3||W||+105||9 un||P||14||6||0||7||6||0|
|5/23/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)||6-12||L||115||9 un||O||10||4||2||11||9||0|
|5/24/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||NOLIN(L)||10-6||W||-105||9 ov||O||16||10||0||17||9||1|
|5/25/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-5||W||140||9 un||O||9||5||2||13||9||0|
|5/26/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||JENKINS(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|5/28/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|5/12/2013||JENKINS(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||12-4||W||200||9.5 un||O||12||2||0||10||8||1|
|5/14/2013||DICKEY(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-6||W||-135||9 un||O||18||9||0||10||7||2|
|5/15/2013||ORTIZ(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||11-3||W||+105||10 un||O||11||8||1||10||9||2|
|5/17/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||0-5||L||120||8.5 ov||U||4||4||0||8||5||0|
|5/18/2013||MORROW(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||2-7||L||110||8.5 ov||O||8||7||2||8||3||0|
|5/20/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)||7-5||W||-145||9 un||O||8||6||0||7||7||1|
|5/21/2013||ORTIZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||3-4||L||+130||9.5 un||U||6||7||0||10||4||2|
|5/22/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||4-3||W||-110||9.5 un||U||7||5||1||7||4||0|
|5/29/2013||NOLIN(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||JENKINS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (BALTIMORE-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Orioles-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Baltimore (26-22) at Toronto (20-28), 1:07 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles continue to showcase their potent offense against the Toronto Blue Jays. Hoping to slow them down and salvage a series split for Toronto - which has also swung the bats well - will be a pitcher who hasn't thrown in two weeks.
Baltimore looks to tee off on little-used Chad Jenkins as its four-game set in Toronto ends Sunday.
After a season-worst six-game losing streak, the Orioles (27-22) picked up their fourth victory in five games Saturday with a 6-5 win. A day earlier, they matched a season high for runs and posted 16 hits in a 10-6 victory.
Baltimore is averaging 5.6 runs and 11.3 hits over its last 14 games, and has received contributions up and down the lineup in the first three games against the Blue Jays.
Seven players have recorded at least three hits, as Manny Machado leads the way with six despite an 0-for-5 performance Saturday while Nick Markakis ran his hitting streak to 10 games. Five have combined for nine home runs, including Adam Jones homering for the third time in three games Saturday and Danny Valencia for the second straight contest.
Jones has an OPS of 1.437 and eight home runs in 12 games at Rogers Centre since the start of 2012.
"I just see the ball good here," Jones said. "I don't think it's anything in particular. It's just baseball. Crazy things happen."
The Blue Jays (20-29) haven't slouched offensively during the series, either, recording six homers among their 41 hits while totaling 23 runs. It's the starting pitching that has let them down, allowing 18 runs across 15 innings. R.A Dickey was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 frames Saturday.
Hoping to pick up Toronto's staff will be the 25-year-old Jenkins (1-0, 3.60 ERA) in his second game of the season and first since a 12-4 win at Boston on May 12. Toronto backed him with 10 runs of support as he limited the Red Sox to two runs over five innings in his fourth big-league start.
After missing most of spring training and the beginning of the season due to shoulder inflammation, Jenkins has used the time between starts to get closer to full strength. The right-hander said he isn't worried about command issues due to the layoff. He'll likely be limited to 80-90 pitches, according to the team's official website.
"My sinker, I just try to throw it around the dish and let it do the work," said Jenkins, who gave up four runs and six hits over 3 1-3 innings of relief in Baltimore on Aug. 25, 2012. Machado was 2 for 2 against him.
Baltimore counters with Miguel Gonzalez (2-2, 4.25), who improved to 2-1 versus Toronto as he allowed three runs across six innings in a 4-3 victory April 23.
Like Jenkins, Gonzalez's last start came after a layoff. He threw seven innings while being charged with two runs in a 3-2, 10-inning win over the Yankees on Tuesday, his first start in 18 days after a stint on the disabled list due to a thumb blister.
Adam Lind, 8 for 14 while slugging .929 in the series' first three games, is 4 for 8 off Gonzalez.
Baltimore had lost 29 of its previous 37 games at Toronto before wins in the last two games.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:05:18 AM EST|