|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
TORONTO ( DICKEY )
|965||BALTIMORE||+120||Ov 9,-110||+115||Ov 9,-115|
|966||TORONTO||-130||Un 9,-110||-125||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-23||+8||28-23||5.0||0.272||0.322||4.7||0.265||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.1||1-5||5.1||0.282||0.329||3.1||0.248||0.294|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-25||+2.8||24-26||4.6||0.246||0.315||4.4||0.250||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+9.2||1-6||5.6||0.246||0.289||1.3||0.200||0.258|
|6/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||1-2||L||105||8.5 ov||U||2||4||0||6||6||0|
|6/8/2013||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||0-8||L||115||8.5 ov||U||4||4||0||13||9||0|
|6/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)||10-7||W||135||7.5 ov||O||16||8||0||12||5||1|
|6/10/2013||GARCIA(R)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||4-3||W||+115||9 ov||U||7||3||0||8||8||1|
|6/11/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||3-2||W||-115||9.5 ov||U||8||6||0||6||2||1|
|6/12/2013||HAMMEL(R)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||5-9||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||10||6||2||12||6||1|
|6/17/2013||ARRIETA(R)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||1-5||L||175||8.5 ov||U||7||8||0||14||7||0|
|6/18/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)||5-2||W||187||8 ov||U||9||7||1||9||10||0|
|6/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||13-3||W||125||9 un||O||17||5||0||11||10||0|
|6/21/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|6/10/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||6-10||L||-125||8.5 un||O||13||12||2||15||8||0|
|6/11/2013||WANG(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-5||W||110||9.5 ev||O||13||9||0||11||6||3|
|6/13/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-1||W||215||9 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||1|
|6/14/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)||8-0||W||115||9.5 un||U||11||3||0||5||3||0|
|6/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)||6-1||W||105||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||9||11||1|
|6/16/2013||WANG(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)||7-2||W||182||10 ov||U||12||6||1||8||11||0|
|6/17/2013||JOHNSON(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-0||W||-165||9 un||U||3||2||0||5||8||0|
|6/24/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|6/25/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|6/27/2013||WANG(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ BOSTON|| || |
|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 TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Baltimore (42-31) at Toronto (35-36), 7:07 p.m. EDT
Though their pitching staff has played a key role in a lengthy winning streak, the Toronto Blue Jays figure to be tested by the powerful Baltimore Orioles.
R.A. Dickey looks for his second win during the run as the host Blue Jays go for their ninth straight victory Friday night against heavy hitting Baltimore.
Toronto starters have posted a 1.18 ERA in the last seven games, while the bullpen has gone 24 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. Reliever Brett Cecil has retired 38 batters without giving up a hit, the longest streak in team history.
The Blue Jays, who have their longest win streak since a 10-game run in 2008, beat Colorado 5-2 on Wednesday.
"I can't pinpoint why everything is clicking, but we're getting a big hit, getting a big pitch when we need to, guys are playing great defense behind us," winning pitcher Mark Buehrle said. "I don't know what's happening, but hopefully (we) continue it as long as we can."
Though last in the AL East, the Blue Jays (35-36) are beginning a 10-game stretch against division opponents.
Dickey (6-8, 4.90 ERA) looks to keep the win streak alive after allowing 10 runners but limiting Texas to one run over 5 2-3 innings in a 6-1 win Saturday.
"Even when he's not at his best, he competes," manager John Gibbons said. "He battled, got out of some jams."
Dickey, though, is 3-4 with a 5.61 ERA in seven home starts after giving up six runs and nine hits - two homers - over 6 2-3 innings of a 6-5 loss to Baltimore on May 25.
Adam Jones homered off him in that contest and went 7 for 18 with four home runs to help Baltimore (42-31) split the four-game series.
The Orioles, 22-16 on the road, scored 27 runs and hit 10 homers in that set. They rank at or near the top of the major leagues with 98 home runs, a .274 batting average and 360 runs.
Baltimore seeks its third straight win and ninth in 12 games after scoring 18 times and hitting five homers in its last two.
First baseman Chris Davis went 6 for 14 with two homers in the May series at Toronto. He leads the majors with 26 home runs after hitting two in a 13-3 victory at Detroit on Wednesday.
"We're doing a lot of things right," said Davis, 2 for 6 with a double against Dickey this season.
Dickey will try to avoid his third loss of the season to the Orioles, having given up 10 runs over 12 2-3 innings in his two starts against them.
He'll be opposed by fellow right-hander Jason Hammel (7-4, 5.24), who is 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA in three starts this month. Hammel was scheduled to start Tuesday but was unable to pitch against the Tigers due to a stomach virus.
He's 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three career starts in Toronto, giving up a career-worst four homers there in a 4-1 loss May 30, 2012.
Melky Cabrera has homered in his past two at-bats against Hammel, last facing him in 2011.
Adam Lind is 12 for 24 with a homer and two doubles versus the Orioles this season, though he's 1 for 8 lifetime against Hammel.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:43:01 PM EST|