|BALTIMORE ( GARCIA )|
TORONTO ( JOHNSON )
|967||BALTIMORE||+160||Ov 8.5,-120||+160||Ov 8.5,-120|
|968||TORONTO||-170||Un 8.5,+100||-170||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||30-25||+5.9||29-24||4.9||0.270||0.319||4.7||0.263||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||2-4||5.3||0.285||0.312||4.1||0.266||0.316|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-25||+4.8||25-27||4.6||0.245||0.314||4.3||0.249||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7.9||2-5||5.6||0.240||0.285||2.3||0.206||0.263|
|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)||6-7||L||110||9 ov||O||7||2||0||9||4||0|
|6/22/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||WANG(R)||2-4||L||-115||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||4||2||1|
|6/23/2013||GARCIA(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)|| |
|6/28/2013||GARCIA(R)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|6/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|6/30/2013|| ||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||JOHNSON(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)|| |
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON|| || |
|6/30/2013|| ||@ 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) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(CORRECTS Jays' runs per game to 5.7)
*Orioles-Blue Jays Preview* ===========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Baltimore (42-32) at Toronto (36-36), 1:07 p.m. EDT
With his triceps and blister issues seemingly behind him, Josh Johnson will try to help the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays continue their stunning turnaround.
The Blue Jays look to match a franchise record with their 11th straight victory Sunday when they host the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of this three-game series.
Toronto (37-36) rallied late for the second straight day as Jose Bautista's two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted the Blue Jays to Saturday's 4-2 victory.
Rajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a 7-6 win Friday.
"It's been a great run and hopefully we can continue," said Bautista, whose team moved out of sole possession of last place in the AL East for the first time since late April.
The Blue Jays, above .500 for the first time since July 29, now turn to Johnson (0-2, 4.38 ERA) as they look to equal their franchise-best streak set in 1987 and matched in 1998.
The right-hander took two extra days off to let a bothersome blister heal before striking out a season-high 10 over 7 1-3 innings in a 2-0 win over Colorado on Monday.
"Definitely the most comfortable I've been," said Johnson, who also missed 31 games with a sore right triceps. "Just being able to get extension on all my pitches, not have to worry about the triceps or anything like that."
Johnson, who has never faced the Orioles (42-33), is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and 20 strikeouts over 19 1-3 innings in three starts since returning from the disabled list.
However, he remains winless in seven starts with Toronto, having received only 13 runs of support.
The Blue Jays have been outstanding offensively during the winning streak, averaging 5.7 runs per game while hitting 18 homers and batting .333 with runners in scoring position.
They'll try to continue that production against scheduled starter Freddy Garcia (3-4, 4.80), who hopes to prevent Baltimore's first three-game losing streak since a season-high six-game slide May 14-20.
After going 1-2 with an 8.16 ERA in his last three starts, Garcia allowed two hits in one inning of scoreless relief in Wednesday's 13-3 win at Detroit.
Garcia has won his last two starts in Toronto, giving up four earned runs and 14 hits over 11 innings. He went five innings and yielded two earned runs and nine hits in Baltimore's 6-5 win there May 25.
Emilio Bonifacio homered off the right-hander in that contest, but enters this meeting in a 1-for-17 slump overall.
Adam Lind is 7 for 11 with two homers off Garcia and 20 for 40 with two home runs in his last 11 games against Baltimore.
Munenori Kawasaki, who provided a game-tying home run in the seventh inning Friday, is 9 for 19 with eight RBIs in his last five games versus the Orioles.
Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, the major league leader with 27 home runs, is 2 for 7 with a three-run homer in this series. He's never faced Johnson.
Teammate Nate McLouth is batting .419 during an eight-game hit streak versus Toronto, but is 1 for 11 with five strikeouts against Johnson.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 4:43:02 AM EST|