|TORONTO ( REDMOND )|
BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )
|967||TORONTO||+140||Ov 9.5,-105||+140||Ov 9.5,-125|
|968||BALTIMORE||-150||Un 9.5,-115||-150||Un 9.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-35||-2.2||31-34||4.4||0.245||0.312||4.5||0.252||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||3-4||3.9||0.263||0.344||4.3||0.219||0.280|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-28||+9.4||32-31||4.9||0.269||0.317||4.6||0.260||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||3-3||4.6||0.248||0.290||4.1||0.288||0.346|
|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)||5-8||L||125||9 un||O||14||9||0||9||1||0|
|7/13/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/20/2013|| ||@ 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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Toronto (44-47) at Baltimore (51-42), 4:05 p.m. EDT
Called upon to make his second career start in spot duty for the Toronto Blue Jays, Todd Redmond turned in an impressive performance.
A repeat effort could be tough to come by as he encounters one of baseball's most powerful lineups.
Redmond looks to keep the Baltimore Orioles in the park Saturday as they host Toronto.
The Blue Jays couldn't have asked for much more from Redmond (1-1, 3.55 ERA) Sunday considering their rotation's struggles this year. He limited Minnesota to one hit - a two-run homer - and three walks over five innings of an 11-5 victory.
"He couldn't have done a better job," manager John Gibbons said.
Toronto will take all the pitching help it can get, with its starters ranking near the bottom of the majors with a 4.91 ERA. Redmond's showing was enough to earn another start after he had also posted a 3.52 ERA over three relief appearances earlier this season.
The right-hander's only previous big league experience was a rough start last year for Cincinnati that saw him surrender four runs over 3 1-3 innings in a loss to the Chicago Cubs.
Redmond will look to avoid results similar to that of Mark Buehrle in Friday's series opener, an 8-5 Baltimore victory. All eight runs came against the left-hander on homers by All-Stars Chris Davis, Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy.
Davis' homer - his second in as many days and his 13th in his last 27 games versus Toronto - improved his major league-leading total to 35. Hardy had gone 19 games without a home run, a span in which he was 10 for 66. Jones' homer was his fifth in the last eight games versus the Blue Jays.
The Orioles (52-42) lead baseball with 128 homers and they've totaled 19 in their last eight meetings with Toronto 44-48).
"That's what they do in a great park to hit home runs," Gibbons said. "They had the two big three-run homers, but you've got to expect here that's going to happen. You have to go toe to toe."
Baltimore starter Jason Hammel (7-5, 5.03) will also have to mindful of the long ball, as J.P. Arencibia and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto, which ranks second in the majors with 114 home runs.
Hammel gave up one run over five innings in a 2-1 road win against the New York Yankees on Sunday - breaking a six-game losing streak for the Orioles in his starts - but his winless stretch grew to seven starts as he failed to record a decision.
He's surrendered six home runs over his last two starts versus Toronto after giving up four in his previous seven against the Blue Jays.
Encarnacion, who was 5 for 29 during a nine-game homerless drought before Friday, is 6 for 14 off Hammel with two homers, including one in a 7-6 victory June 21.
Jose Bautista fell to 2 for 24 over his last six games after going hitless in five at-bats with four strikeouts Friday. He's 2 for 14 off Hammel and 2 for his last 32 at Camden Yards.
The Orioles have won 10 of 13 at home against the Blue Jays.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 1:28:55 AM EST|