|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
BALTIMORE ( TILLMAN )
|917||TORONTO||+120||Ov 9.5,+100||+135||Ov 9,-110|
|918||BALTIMORE||-130||Un 9.5,-120||-145||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-34||-1.2||30-34||4.4||0.243||0.311||4.4||0.252||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||3-4||3.3||0.235||0.321||4.7||0.241||0.312|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-14||-1||11-14||4.4||0.261||0.310||4.4||0.260||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-4||3.7||0.226||0.273||3.9||0.264||0.340|
|6/28/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BOSTON||WEBSTER(R)||5-7||L||100||10 ev||O||8||5||0||15||9||1|
|6/29/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||6-2||W||130||10.5 ov||U||10||5||1||10||8||2|
|6/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||4-5||L||140||10 un||U||11||10||1||9||8||0|
|7/9/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||0-3||L||-115||9 un||U||8||9||0||4||3||0|
|7/10/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||5-4||W||135||8.5 ov||O||6||6||1||9||10||2|
|7/11/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-4||L||-120||8.5 un||U||5||5||1||8||8||0|
|7/12/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|6/28/2013||MCFARLAND(L)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-3||W||-115||8.5 ev||U||5||2||0||11||9||1|
|6/29/2013||BRITTON(L)||NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)||11-3||W||-135||9 un||O||15||5||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||8||4||0||6||8||0|
|7/2/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||2-5||L||-120||8.5 un||U||8||7||0||10||7||0|
|7/3/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-2||W||-125||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||-105||9 ov||U||3||3||1||7||4||1|
|7/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||2-3||L||-110||9 un||U||3||2||2||7||13||0|
|7/6/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-5||L||110||9 ov||P||11||5||0||10||8||1|
|7/7/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||2-1||W||110||9 un||U||6||6||0||6||7||0|
|7/19/2013|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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 (44-46) at Baltimore (50-42), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Stuck in last place in the AL East, manager John Gibbons expressed concern following the Toronto Blue Jays' latest loss.
He knows things aren't about to get any easier with a visit to Camden Yards.
The Blue Jays try to get back on track Friday night when they open a three-game set against Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles.
After posting 11 consecutive victories, Toronto (44-47) has lost 11 of 17 to fall three games back under .500. The Blue Jays went 5 for 28 with runners in scoring position while dropping two of three at Cleveland, falling 4-2 in Thursday's finale.
"We didn't hit a home run in the series," said Gibbons, whose team is 12-22 when failing to homer. "When you look at it, when we win, we hit home runs. Our bats have gone cold in the last week. We've had some spurts but overall we're not swinging it real well."
Jose Bautista is mired in a 2-for-19 slump and Edwin Encarnacion is 2 for his last 18.
"Those are the guys the team revolves around but two guys can't do it all the time," Gibbons said.
Toronto is now 11 1/2 games behind East-leading Boston, and Gibbons believes his team is in danger of falling out of contention.
"We're right on that edge," he told MLB's official website. "We have to start winning some games. We have three more before the break, but Baltimore has a pretty darn good team, too, and it's in their home park."
While the Blue Jays have taken four straight from the Orioles (51-42), they've dropped nine of 12 in Baltimore since the start of last season.
Manger Buck Showalter's club is coming off its 18th home win in 25 tries, 3-1 over Texas on Thursday. Davis snapped an 0-for-17 skid with his major league-leading 34th homer and Brian Roberts also went deep.
Davis, who drove in his 86th run, has already surpassed his previous career highs of 33 homers and 85 RBIs set last season. His home run total is the highest in baseball before the All-Star break since 2001, when Barry Bonds had 39 and Luis Gonzalez hit 35.
"We know he's talented, but to have 34 and 86 before the break is just crazy," Roberts said of Davis, who is batting .380 with 12 homers and 25 RBIs in his last 26 games versus Toronto. "It's been fun to watch."
The Orioles now turn to Chris Tillman (10-3, 3.92 ERA), whose seven-game winning streak was snapped Saturday in a 5-4 loss at Yankee Stadium. The right-hander yielded five runs and a career worst-tying 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings
Tillman is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in his last three starts versus Toronto. Bautista is 6 for 15 with two homers in their matchups, and Encarnacion is 4 for his last 9.
The Blue Jays counter with Mark Buehrle (5-5, 4.50), who has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last six starts. The left-hander threw seven innings of six-hit ball to beat Minnesota 4-0 last Friday.
Buehrle is 7-5 with a 2.97 ERA in 16 career starts against the Orioles, but he hasn't faced them since 2011. Nick Markakis is 13 for 31 with two homers in their matchups, and Davis and Nolan Reimold are a combined 9 for 18, each taking him deep once.
Blue Jays reliever Steve Delabar will join Bautista, Encarnacion and fellow reliever Brett Cecil at Tuesday's All-Star game after winning the AL final vote. Delabar is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 37 relief appearances.
Bautista is a career .179 hitter at Camden Yards, his lowest average at any AL ballpark.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 2:35:06 PM EST|