|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
BALTIMORE ( GONZALEZ )
|909||TORONTO||+125||Ov 8,+100||+115||Ov 8,+105|
|910||BALTIMORE||-135||Un 8,-120||-125||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-63||-6.4||52-60||4.3||0.247||0.313||4.5||0.259||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.1||2-4||3.6||0.269||0.332||4.1||0.258||0.320|
|vs Left-handed Starters||25-27||-5.6||21-27||4.1||0.253||0.299||4.3||0.259||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.9||3-4||3.1||0.211||0.280||4.1||0.255||0.322|
|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)||2-0||W||+105||8 un||U||9||8||1||5||7||0|
|9/18/2013||HAPP(L)||NY YANKEES||HUGHES(R)||3-4||L||+100||8.5 un||U||8||5||0||9||7||0|
|9/19/2013||REDMOND(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)||6-2||W||+110||8 un||P||10||8||0||5||4||0|
|9/20/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-6||L||187||8.5 ev||O||10||9||0||12||8||2|
|9/21/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BOSTON||BUCHHOLZ(R)||4-2||W||135||8 un||U||9||7||1||5||4||1|
|9/22/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ BOSTON||DOUBRONT(L)||2-5||L||140||8.5 un||U||6||5||0||6||1||0|
|9/23/2013||HAPP(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-3||L||135||7.5 un||U||6||5||1||8||10||0|
|9/24/2013||REDMOND(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||3-2||W||160||8 un||U||9||8||0||10||10||0|
|9/25/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||NORRIS(R)||5-9||L||130||8 ev||O||15||14||0||13||7||2|
|9/26/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ BALTIMORE||GONZALEZ(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||DICKEY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||HAPP(L)||TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||REDMOND(R)||TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|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)||3-1||W||-120||9 un||U||6||8||0||10||11||1|
|9/17/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||3-2||W||105||8.5 ev||U||6||6||3||3||7||0|
|9/18/2013||CHEN(L)||@ BOSTON||PEAVY(R)||5-3||W||130||8.5 un||U||10||7||0||15||9||0|
|9/19/2013||TILLMAN(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||1-3||L||120||8.5 un||U||2||3||0||7||6||0|
|9/20/2013||HAMMEL(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)||4-5||L||170||7.5 un||O||12||13||1||14||16||0|
|9/21/2013||GONZALEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||1-5||L||135||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||7||6||0|
|9/22/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ROMERO(L)||1-3||L||-115||7.5 ov||U||3||5||0||6||5||1|
|9/23/2013||CHEN(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||4-5||L||115||7 ov||O||10||8||0||9||8||0|
|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* ===========================
Toronto (72-85) at Baltimore (81-76), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Baltimore Orioles have a decent chance at finishing with the second-highest home run total in franchise history.
Toronto Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle has pitched very well on the road since the Orioles took him deep three times in his last start at Camden Yards.
The Orioles have homered six times in this series and could have some of their regulars back in the lineup in Thursday night's finale.
Baltimore (82-76) was eliminated from playoff contention with a 3-2, 10-inning loss in Tuesday's opener. Manager Buck Showalter rested Adam Jones, Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters one night later.
That didn't stop the Orioles from hitting four homers, two by No. 9 hitter Ryan Flaherty, in a 9-5 victory. Baltimore has a major league-best 208 homers - six shy of its total last year when it matched the 1998 and 1985 clubs for the second-highest total behind the 1996 team that went deep 257 times - the third-highest total in baseball history.
Buehrle (12-9, 4.09 ERA) would no doubt like to see a weakened Orioles lineup after he matched a season high by giving up eight runs over six innings in an 8-5 loss at Baltimore on July 12. Jones, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis all took him deep.
The left-hander also lost two starts ago to the Orioles by yielding three runs in five innings in a 3-1 defeat Sept. 15. He then continued his road success Saturday in Boston by limiting the Red Sox to one run in six innings in a 4-2 victory, reaching 200 innings for the 13th straight season.
"Wish it was in a better situation," the first-year Blue Jay said.
Buehrle is 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA in six road starts since his last one in Camden Yards.
Davis is 6 for 14 with two homers lifetime off Buehrle, although he hasn't added to his major league-best 52 homers during this series.
Buehrle figures to get his first look at the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop, a 21-year-old prospect who had a successful major league debut Wednesday as he homered and scored three runs.
"My major league debut, it was good," he said. "It's the first experience and I'm never going to forget."
The Orioles guaranteed themselves back-to-back winning seasons but that isn't good enough for a team that nearly reached the AL championship series a year ago.
"We didn't make it to the playoffs. That was our goal," Hardy said. "I don't know how much we look at it as, 'All right, we got a winning season. Hurrah, hooray.'"
Baltimore will start right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (10-8, 3.94), who is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four September outings as well as four against Toronto this year.
The last-place Blue Jays (72-86), one of the favorites to win the AL East in spring training, need one victory to avoid their first 90-loss campaign since going 67-94 in 2004.
Thursday's winner captures a season series tied at nine victories apiece.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 11:18:15 PM EST|