|BALTIMORE ( HAMMEL )|
TORONTO ( REDMOND )
|969||BALTIMORE||-115||Ov 9.5,+100||-120||Ov 9,-105|
|970||TORONTO||+105||Un 9.5,-120||+110||Un 9,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-44||+5.1||49-43||4.9||0.265||0.318||4.4||0.258||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||2-4||4.0||0.268||0.311||3.9||0.215||0.249|
|vs Right-handed Starters||49-59||-7.7||51-54||4.4||0.245||0.312||4.6||0.260||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||4-3||5.0||0.240||0.278||4.6||0.278||0.335|
|8/30/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||5-8||L||115||8.5 un||O||9||5||0||13||5||0|
|8/31/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||0-2||L||120||9 un||U||3||4||1||7||7||0|
|9/1/2013||CHEN(L)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||7-3||W||105||8.5 ov||O||12||5||0||7||10||0|
|9/2/2013||NORRIS(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)||7-2||W||110||8 un||O||11||8||0||6||4||0|
|9/3/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)||3-4||L||-120||8 un||U||8||9||0||5||6||1|
|9/4/2013||BRITTON(L)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||4-6||L||105||8.5 ov||O||6||4||0||10||5||1|
|9/5/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||3-1||W||-160||8.5 ev||U||7||3||0||5||4||0|
|9/6/2013||FELDMAN(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||4-0||W||-185||8 un||U||9||4||0||5||4||1|
|9/7/2013||CHEN(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||4-3||W||-170||8.5 un||U||13||12||1||7||5||3|
|9/8/2013||NORRIS(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||2-4||L||-205||9 un||U||6||8||0||10||7||1|
|9/9/2013||TILLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||4-2||W||-130||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||3||1|
|9/10/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)||5-7||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||6||4||1||11||7||1|
|9/11/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)||4-5||L||-125||9 un||P||13||7||0||6||3||0|
|9/12/2013||CHEN(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||5-6||L||-155||9 un||O||10||6||1||8||6||1|
|9/13/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TORONTO||REDMOND(R)|| |
|9/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)|| |
|9/15/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|9/17/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)|| |
|9/18/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)|| |
|9/19/2013|| ||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|8/30/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-2||W||+110||8.5 un||U||4||5||0||9||8||1|
|8/31/2013||DICKEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||10||6||0||8||8||1|
|9/1/2013||HAPP(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||0-5||L||+140||8.5 un||U||3||4||2||9||7||0|
|9/2/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||4-1||W||145||8.5 ev||U||5||2||0||4||2||0|
|9/3/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||10-4||W||135||8.5 ov||O||15||9||2||7||3||2|
|9/4/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)||3-4||L||110||8 un||U||5||0||1||9||6||0|
|9/6/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||6-5||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||7||3||2||10||6||2|
|9/7/2013||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||11-2||W||100||8.5 ov||O||15||5||1||11||13||0|
|9/8/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ALBERS(L)||2-0||W||100||8.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||6||1|
|9/10/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||LA ANGELS||WILLIAMS(R)||6-12||L||-130||9 un||O||9||4||2||18||8||0|
|9/11/2013||DICKEY(R)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||4-5||L||-105||8.5 ov||O||4||4||0||8||5||2|
|9/12/2013||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-4||L||+110||9 un||U||11||9||1||8||8||0|
|9/17/2013||DICKEY(R)||NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|9/18/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)|| |
|9/19/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|9/20/2013|| ||@ 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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Baltimore (77-69) at Toronto (67-79), 7:07 p.m. EDT
An untimely three-game losing streak has damaged the Baltimore Orioles' postseason hopes.
A 10-game road trip may just determine them.
The Orioles open that seemingly rough stretch by trying to end a four-game losing streak at Rogers Centre on Friday night, when they face the last-place Toronto Blue Jays.
Baltimore (77-69) won four of five after beating the New York Yankees 4-2 on Monday. However, they followed that by losing the next three games of that series, giving up the decisive run in the top of the ninth of Thursday's 6-5 defeat on a wild pitch by closer Jim Johnson.
Instead of gaining ground in the wild-card race, the Orioles are tied with Kansas City 2 1/2 games back of Tampa Bay for the AL's second spot. They also now have to overtake the Yankees and Cleveland in their final 16 games.
"Obviously, at this stage losing three is not ideal," second baseman Brian Roberts said. "I think guys definitely feel a little bit down right now. We'll have to come out with some good energy (Friday)."
That's certainly true for this key road trip, which includes three games in Toronto (67-79) and AL East-leading Boston before a four-game set against the Rays.
The Orioles have dropped nine of their last 12 on the road and are 2-5 at Toronto this year.
"We've just got to start rattling off some wins," first baseman Chris Davis said. "This is definitely going to be a big road trip."
Davis has done his part, going 5 for 10 with one homer and four RBIs over the past three games after going 6 for 37 (.162) while driving in two runs over the previous 10.
Facing the Jays may keep Davis hot since he's a career .335 hitter against them, and his 18 homers and 45 RBIs in 55 games are his highest totals against any opponent.
Davis owns a .387 average in 22 visits to Toronto, and is 15 for 35 (.429) with six homers and 14 RBIs during a 10-game overall hitting streak against the AL East rival. He's also homered in three straight meetings, collecting seven RBIs.
Production at the plate will likely be key since Baltimore is scheduled to give the ball to Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.11 ERA), who is replacing Bud Norris due to right elbow discomfort.
Hammel hasn't won since beating Washington on May 27, going 0-6 with a 5.43 ERA in 10 starts before landing on the disabled list with right forearm tenderness on July 31.
The right-hander returned Sunday with two scoreless innings of relief in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
He's 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA while serving up seven homers over his last three starts against the Blue Jays, giving up six runs in six innings of a 7-3 home loss July 13 in the most recent one.
The Blue Jays are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels, dropping the finale 4-3 on Thursday. The rotation compiled a 10.54 ERA while allowing five homers in the series.
Todd Redmond (3-2, 4.40) will try to stop Toronto's skid, and the 28-year-old rookie right-hander has won his last two starts while allowing five runs in 10 2-3 innings. That was an improvement after he surrendered a career-high eight runs in 3 1-3 innings of a 12-4 loss at Houston on Aug. 23.
He allowed three runs and homers to Davis and Adam Jones in four innings opposite Hammel on July 13.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 1:35:54 PM EST|