|BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )|
TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )
|967||BALTIMORE||-125||Ov 9.5,-105||-110||Ov 9,+100|
|968||TORONTO||+115||Un 9.5,-115||+100||Un 9,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||24-25||-4.4||20-25||4.2||0.259||0.303||4.4||0.261||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.3||2-4||4.0||0.253||0.306||4.4||0.226||0.263|
|vs Right-handed Starters||50-60||-7.5||51-56||4.3||0.244||0.312||4.6||0.260||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-4||4.7||0.250||0.292||4.4||0.273||0.335|
|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)||5-3||W||-115||9 un||U||10||9||0||7||3||0|
|9/14/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||3-4||L||-130||9 un||U||8||8||0||6||2||1|
|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||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)|| |
|9/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|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||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)|| |
|9/22/2013|| ||@ 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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Baltimore (78-69) at Toronto (67-80), 1:07 p.m. EDT
With every game critical at this point, the wild-card contending Baltimore Orioles can't afford many self-induced setbacks.
Looking to bounce back from their latest defeat, the Orioles try to avoid losing a fifth straight road series Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Part of the crowded AL wild-card race, Baltimore (78-70) led 3-2 in the seventh inning when Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer off starter Chris Tillman that ultimately helped Toronto (68-80) snap a four-game slide with Saturday's 4-3 victory.
Losers in five of seven, the Orioles have not won a road series since taking two of three at San Francisco from Aug. 9-11. Things don't get any easier after this set for Baltimore, which travels to AL-leading Boston for three games starting Tuesday, then plays four at fellow wild-card contender Tampa Bay to conclude its final road trip.
"It's not easy to make the playoffs, it sure isn't," outfielder Nate McLouth said. "Doing it last year was kind of an eye-opener on exactly how it's got to be done. It's a grind, it's a battle to make the playoffs."
Manny Machado was 3 for 19 in the previous four games before he homered and recorded his 50th double of the season Saturday, but Baltimore stranded eight and went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
It was the 11th time in 13 games the Orioles had two or fewer hits in such situations.
"It's hard to do," manager Buck Showalter said. "They've done it a lot more times than they haven't. It just gets magnified at this time of year."
The Orioles might have a good chance to bounce back against Toronto starter Mark Buehrle (11-8, 4.18 ERA), who allowed eight runs on homers to Adam Jones, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy in six innings of an 8-5 loss at Baltimore on July 12.
Davis is 6 for 12 with two homers and Jones 7 for 19 (.368) versus Buehrle, who was 6-0 with a 2.02 ERA during a nine-start stretch before running into the Los Angeles Angels. The left-hander gave up eight runs and a season-high 12 hits - three homers - in four innings of a 12-6 home loss Tuesday.
"The whole game I wasn't making pitches; everything was up, falling behind in the count," he told the Blue Jays' official website. "I feel like I have been pitching so well for so long that you kind of have a bump in the road once in a while, and (Tuesday) was that day."
Baltimore counters with Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 4.00), who is 1-1 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts against the Blue Jays this season but 0-2 with a 7.48 ERA in his last four road starts overall.
After making two relief appearances in late August, the right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA in his last three starts. He allowed three runs and two homers while striking out six in six innings, not getting a decision in a 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.
Rasmus is 1 for 12 with a double and six strikeouts versus Gonzalez, but is batting .458 (11 for 24) with two doubles, three home runs and five RBIs in his last six games against the Orioles.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:21:19 AM EST|