|TORONTO ( JOHNSON )|
BALTIMORE ( FELDMAN )
|921||TORONTO||+125||Ov 9.5,-105||+110||Ov 9.5,+120|
|922||BALTIMORE||-135||Un 9.5,-115||-120||Un 9.5,-140|
|vs Right-handed Starters||33-35||-0.8||32-34||4.4||0.246||0.314||4.5||0.252||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||4-3||4.3||0.268||0.347||4.7||0.220||0.293|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-29||+7.9||33-31||4.9||0.268||0.317||4.6||0.261||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.4||4-3||4.4||0.234||0.289||4.4||0.290||0.345|
|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)||7-3||W||140||9.5 ov||O||12||5||0||7||8||0|
|7/14/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ BALTIMORE||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|7/19/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|7/20/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|7/21/2013|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (44-48) at Baltimore (52-42), 1:35 p.m. EDT
As the Baltimore Orioles head into the All-Star break again a postseason contender, the underachieving Toronto Blue Jays have plenty of work ahead to become one.
The Blue Jays can start by winning their first road series in a month Sunday against the Orioles.
With the acquisitions of stars Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, added to a roster that already included sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto (45-48) was a preseason favorite in the AL East. However, a sprained ankle sidelined Reyes for more than two months, Dickey has 10 losses and the team is 20-27 on the road and last in the division.
Toronto is 7-12 since its franchise-tying 11-game winning streak ended, but in position to record its first winning road set since a four-game sweep at Texas from June 13-16.
J.P. Arencibia had a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning and Encarnacion hit his 25th homer in the Saturday's 7-3 road win over Baltimore (52-43). Trailing 3-2, five Blue Jays relievers allowed three hits over the final five innings.
Led by All-Star set-up man Steve Delabar, Toronto's bullpen is among the majors' best with a 2.92 ERA.
"There's not much to say other than they've really been lights out the whole year," Arencibia said.
Headed to his first All-Star game, Encarnacion is batting .320 (16 for 50) with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 12 games against the Orioles this season.
Johnson (1-4, 4.62 ERA), a two-time All-Star with Miami, is 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA in three starts since he allowed four runs in six innings to manage his only win, 13-5 over Baltimore on June 23.
However, the Blue Jays have not scored a single run with the right-hander on the mound in his last three. Johnson gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings of a 3-0 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.
"It is a little bit frustrating, but when we don't score any runs, my job is to throw up zeroes," he said.
A combined 0 for 5 versus Johnson, Chris Davis and Adam Jones each homered as Baltimore's three-game winning streak ended Saturday. A wild-card qualifier last season, the Orioles are third in the East and on the cusp of the two wild-card spots in 2013.
Davis, whose career-high 36 homers lead the majors, has one in three straight games while going 4 for 10 during that span. He was 1 for 24 with a home run prior to that stretch.
He's hit .419 (13 for 31) with five home runs, four doubles and 10 RBIs in his last nine versus Toronto.
Jones, who also homered in Friday's 8-5 win, is batting .327 with six of his 18 homers and 10 RBIs in 12 games against the Blue Jays in 2013.
Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.15) tries a third time to post his first victory as an Oriole while looking to bounce back after he was charged with five of the seven runs he allowed in the sixth inning of an 8-5 loss to Texas on Monday - his first home start since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs.
"Got to go back and look at the tape and see what kind of adjustments I need to make for next time," Feldman told the Orioles' official website.
The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.45 ERA in six starts against the Blue Jays, but has not made one since 2010.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 4:00:04 AM EST|