|BALTIMORE ( GAUSMAN )|
TORONTO ( STROMAN )
|919||BALTIMORE||+125||Ov 8.5,-120||+105||Ov 8.5,-120|
|920||TORONTO||-135||Un 8.5,+100||-115||Un 8.5,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-54||-11||49-48||4.7||0.262||0.309||0.433||0.741||5.2||0.269||0.337||0.449||0.785|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.6||2-5||2.4||0.193||0.224||0.311||0.535||4.9||0.263||0.324||0.440||0.764|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-55||-6.6||53-52||4.5||0.246||0.314||0.411||0.726||4.8||0.256||0.324||0.412||0.736|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||2-5||3.9||0.266||0.319||0.386||0.705||3.6||0.206||0.249||0.328||0.577|
|9/4/2017||BUNDY(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||4-7||L||-135||9.5 un||O||6||5||0||8||9||1|
|9/5/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)||7-6||W||-110||9.5 ov||O||9||5||1||9||9||0|
|9/7/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||1-9||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||7||7||0||13||7||1|
|9/8/2017||MILEY(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CLEVINGER(R)||0-5||L||145||9 un||U||4||6||0||7||6||0|
|9/9/2017||YNOA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||TOMLIN(R)||2-4||L||160||9.5 ev||U||5||3||0||9||7||0|
|9/10/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||2-3||L||180||9.5 un||U||7||3||1||5||4||0|
|9/11/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||ESTRADA(R)||3-4||L||-105||10 un||U||6||4||2||8||7||0|
|9/12/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ TORONTO||BIAGINI(R)||2-3||L||-140||9 un||U||6||4||0||10||9||0|
|9/13/2017||GAUSMAN(R)||@ TORONTO||STROMAN(R)|| |
|9/14/2017||MILEY(L)||@ NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||HELLICKSON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||JIMENEZ(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||BUNDY(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||BOSTON|| || |
|8/31/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)||11-8||W||125||10 ev||O||11||5||2||16||8||0|
|9/1/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ BALTIMORE||GAUSMAN(R)||0-1||L||180||9.5 un||U||7||10||0||9||11||1|
|9/2/2017||STROMAN(R)||@ BALTIMORE||MILEY(L)||7-2||W||100||9 un||P||9||5||1||8||7||0|
|9/3/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||4-5||L||135||10.5 ov||U||6||5||0||15||12||0|
|9/4/2017||HAPP(L)||@ BOSTON||PORCELLO(R)||10-4||W||155||9.5 ov||O||14||7||1||9||10||0|
|9/5/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ BOSTON||RODRIGUEZ(L)||2-3||L||180||9.5 ov||U||12||12||0||11||11||2|
|9/6/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ BOSTON||FISTER(R)||1-6||L||165||9.5 un||U||4||7||2||9||8||1|
|9/14/2017||ANDERSON(L)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)|| |
|9/15/2017||HAPP(L)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)|| |
|9/16/2017||ESTRADA(R)||@ MINNESOTA||MEJIA(L)|| |
|9/17/2017||BIAGINI(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|9/19/2017||STROMAN(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|9/20/2017|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|BALTIMORE: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: Buck Showalter (eighth season)
Who's new? C Welington Castillo, OF Seth Smith, OF Craig Gentry, OF Michael Bourn, LHP Vidal Nuno
Who's gone? C Matt Wieters, OF Nolan Reimold, INF/OF Steve Pearce, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Odrisamer Despaigne, LHP T.J. McFarland, LHP Brian Duensing, RHP Tommy Hunter
Projected lineup: LF Hyun-Soo Kim (.302, 6 HR, 22 RBI), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108), RF Seth Smith (.249, 16, 63 with Mariners), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), C Welington Castillo (.264, 14, 68 with Diamondbacks), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48)
Rotation: RH Kevin Gausman (9-12, 3.61 ERA), RH Dylan Bundy (10-6, 4.02), LH Wade Miley (9-13, 5.37), RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-12, 5.44), RH Mike Wright (3-4, 5.79) or Chris Lee (5-0, 2.98 at Double-A) or Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 6.38 with Mets) or Tyler Wilson (4-6, 5.27) or Jayson Aquino (0-0, 0.00 in three games)
Key relievers: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 SV), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05), RH Darren O'Day (3-1, 3.77), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13), LH Donnie Hart (0-0, 0.49), LH Vidal Nuno (1-1, 3.53 with Mariners)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and bullpen. A shoulder injury in camp left 16-game winner Chris Tillman in doubt for opening day. That opened the floodgates for a pair of competitions that are somewhat intertwined, since the Orioles value long relievers more than perhaps any team. Wright and Wilson, who shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation last season, are the top candidates for the final rotation job. Aquino is a candidate to start or relieve. Logan Verrett, Richard Bleier and Zach Stewart are all potential long men. Keep an eye on Lee, a 24-year-old lefty who missed most of last season with a lat strain.
Outlook: Boston landed the biggest trade chip of the winter and Baltimore couldn't (or didn't try to) acquire the number-one starter it badly needed. When the dust settled, the Orioles look like another 80-something win team that will lean on its organizational depth to overachieve. Machado is already one of the five best players in the game, and at 24 his prime years might still lie ahead. Only three teams in history have had three 40-home run hitters, but Machado, Davis and Trumbo are capable of making it four. Expect some high-scoring games: the Orioles' outfield earned low marks on defense last year, while their starting rotation is iffy at best. Bridging the gap to closer Britton will be key.
|TORONTO: 2016: 89-73, second place
Manager: John Gibbons (10th season)
Who's new? 1B/DH Kendrys Morales, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, IF/OF Steve Pearce, IF Lourdes Gurriel, LHP J.P. Howell, RHP Joe Smith
Who's gone? 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion, OF Michael Saunders, C Josh Thole, C Dioner Navarro, OF Junior Lake, RHP R.A. Dickey, LHP Brett Cecil, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Projected lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), RF Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), DH Kendrys Morales (.263, 30, 93 with Royals), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), 1B Justin Smoak (.217, 14, 34), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53, 14 SB), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23)
Rotation: RH Marco Estrada (9-9, 3.48 ERA), LH J.A. Happ (20-4, 3.18), RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37), RH Aaron Sanchez (15-2, 3.00), LH Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.69 with Pirates and Blue Jays)
Key relievers: RH Roberto Osuna (4-3, 2.68, 36/42 SV), RH Jason Grilli (6-4, 3.64), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06), LH J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.09 with Dodgers), RH Joe Smith (1-4, 3.82 with Angels), LH Aaron Loup (0-0, 5.02)
Hot spots: bullpen. The Blue Jays signed only a couple high-profile free agents (retaining Bautista, adding Morales) and brought in many lower-profile veterans mostly to compete for bullpen jobs. Howell and Smith, signed to low-risk deals, are all but guaranteed jobs. But what of Dominic Leone, Mat Latos, Mike Bolsinger, Lucas Harrell and Leonel Campos? Toronto seems to be crowd-sourcing its middle innings with low-risk, right-handed options. Up to a half-dozen pitchers could be competing for one or two jobs.
Outlook: The Blue Jays' roster is enviably balanced, albeit among the older ones in the league. Toronto led the AL in ERA last year. Their entire starting rotation returns, and their veteran bullpen is set up well to support second-year closer Osuna. Ironically, the youngest player in the Jays' starting lineup, 26-year-old Travis, has the biggest health concern of the bunch. He didn't appear in a spring training game until recently because of offseason knee surgery. Encarnacion, who was good for .270/30/100 every year, will be missed. The question now is whether Morales (33), Bautista (36), Tulowitzki (32) and Martin (34) are still close enough to their primes to power another playoff run.
|Blue Jays go for sweep of Orioles|
TORONTO -- Misery likes company.
The Toronto Blue Jays, who are out of contention for the postseason, are doing their best to put the Baltimore Orioles in the same situation.
They can push the Orioles closer to elimination Wednesday as they go for a three-game sweep in the series finale at the Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays, who scored two runs in the ninth inning Tuesday to claim a 3-2 victory, have won four games in a row.
The Orioles have lost six in a row and are 4 1/2 games out of the second American League wild-card spot held by the Twins. The Blue Jays are 7 1/2 games behind Minnesota.
During their losing streak, the Orioles have been outscored 28-10.
"We just haven't been able to score many runs," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "We give their pitchers all the credit they need to get, but it's kind of a two-edged sword. They're pitching well and we're not swinging the bats well."
The Orioles (71-74) will start right-hander Kevin Gausman (10-10, 4.99 ERA) Wednesday while the Blue Jays will send out right-hander Marcus Stroman (11-7, 3.18).
The Blue Jays (68-77) have had an infusion of energy from September call-ups, with 21-year-old Richard Urena going 3-for-5 and getting the game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth Tuesday.
"He's got a good, live, quick bat, he's getting strikes to hit and he's hit some breaking balls," manager John Gibbons said. "I just think he's relaxed and he's confident. He looks like he belongs. There's really no panic, he just looks like he's been playing here for a while.
"He knows he's good, you could see that in spring training the last couple years. Some guys play better up here, not a lot of them, but some do."
Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez contributed a big hit in the ninth on Tuesday and had a two-homer game against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Catcher Luke Maile, who hit the game-tying single Tuesday, has enjoyed the young players.
"Really awesome," Maile said. "It changes the dynamic of the team and how we score runs lately. You're not so much relying on someone hitting it over the fence, and that's refreshing. Not to say you don't enjoy the three-run homer because that always plays."
The Blue Jays figure to have a veteran back Wednesday. Catcher Russell Martin is scheduled to play in the series finale after being reinstated from the disabled list. He was sidelined since Aug. 12 due to a strained left oblique.
"He wants to (play) real bad," Gibbons said. "There's only a couple of weeks left. It's important to him. I could have gone either way, you know. But he wants to do it, so ..."
Martin said, "As a professional, when you're ready to go, you're ready to go. When you're a professional, you go out there, you compete. And if you're healthy, you go play and help your team win. That's what I'm going to try and do."
Gausman will be making his sixth start of the season against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
He is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA against Toronto this season and 4-3, 3.30 in 17 games (12 starts) in his career against the Blue Jays.
Gausman is 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in two starts in September. He held the Blue Jays to five hits in six scoreless innings in a no decision on Sept. 1, then allowed five hits and five runs in three innings in a loss to the New York Yankees six days later.
Stroman will be trying for his first win since Aug. 16. In four starts since, he is 0-1 with a 4.74 ERA, but the team is 2-2.
He last faced the Orioles on Sept. 2 when he was knocked out in the second inning after being hit on the right elbow with a line drive by Mark Trumbo.
Stroman returned six days later and allowed six hits and four runs in six innings in a loss to the Detroit Tigers.
He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts against Baltimore this season and 3-3 with a 4.29 ERA in nine career games (eight starts) vs. the Orioles.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2017 12:11:41 PM EST|