Orioles Head to Toronto to Open Post All-Star Break Play

TORONTO- The Baltimore Orioles will head across the border to start post All-Star break play with a three game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

It will mark the first game for the club without former All-Star shortstop Manny Machado who was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for five prospects on Wednesday night.

The Orioles enter the three-game series with a record of 28-69 which lands them in last place in the AL East, 39.5 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox (68-30). The Blue Jays first “half” of the season was a struggle as well and they will enter the series with a record of 43-52 which is good for fourth place in the division. They sit 23.5 games behind Boston.

Last meeting: The last time that these two clubs met was a series to forget for the Orioles as the Blue Jays swept the four-game set at Rogers Centre from June 7-10. The Orioles are 1-6 against Toronto this season and are just 2-8 over their last ten in Toronto dating back to last season.

In that four-game sweep, the Orioles dropped two extra inning games including a 5-4 decision in the opener that saw Brad Brach squander a 4-1 ninth inning lead to get the game into extras where the Blue Jays would win on a Aledmys Diaz single off Miguel Castro.

The Birds dropped a 5-1 decision in game two of the series with the Jays. This loss accounted for one of their 26 games so far this season in which they have scored 1 or less runs.  Toronto took the third game 4-3 in 10 innings and finished the sweep with a 13-3 drubbing in which Alex Cobb was beaten like a drum to the tune of nine runs on 11 hits over just 3.2 innings.

Toronto leads the all time series 334-293.

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Dylan Bundy will look to bounce back in the series opener. Image Credit: CBS Sports

Game times and pitching matchups: 

Game 1: Friday, July 20, 7:07 pm- Dylan Bundy (6-9, 4.35ERA) vs. Sam Gaviglio (2-3, 4.58ERA)- MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Saturday, July 21, 1:07pm- TBD vs. Marcus Stroman (2-7, 5.86ERA)- MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3: Sunday, July 22, 1:07pm- TBD vs. J.A. Happ (10-6, 4.29ERA)- MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on the Blue Jays:

  • Happ, who will take the ball in game three for Toronto, is currently the subject of trade rumors with the Phillies and the Yankees reportedly interested. The 35-year-old lefty is likely to find a new home before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
  • Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson has struggled mightily this year for Toronto.  He has played in just 36 games due to various injuries and is hitting only .234 with five homers and 16 RBI on the year.
  • The 2018 Blue Jays offense has been paced by Yangervis Solarte who is hitting .241 with 16 home rubs and 48 RBI in his first year with the club.

Notes on the Orioles:

  • Bundy will be looking for his first win since June 23. He will be making his third start since coming off of the disabled list with an ankle injury. In his last two starts since returning from the DL Bundy has given up 10 earned runs over 7.1 innings pitched.
  • The Orioles will be looking for someone to step up at the plate with the trade of Machado. Machado played a part in 113 of the Orioles 345 runs on the season. The team is 29th in the MLB and runs scored and just lost roughly 33% of that already meager production.
  • It remains to be seen who else will be traded before the trade deadline, but the Orioles are expected to be active in trying to move closer Zach Britton, reliever Brad Brach, and the longest-tenured Oriole, Adam Jones.

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Orioles swept by blue jays in four game weekend series

Game 1 (5-4 TOR): The Orioles opened up their series against the Blue Jays with a disappointing loss in extra innings. David Hess took the mound and once again gave his team a great chance to win by allowing just one run through six innings of work. Through his first five starts Hess is 2-2 with a 3.07 ERA. Thursday’s start also marked the third straight outing where he gave up one run or less.

Most pitchers would walk away from those three starts with a 3-0 record, but not Hess. Through his first four starts, Hess only received two runs of support per game and that’s obviously not a recipe for success. On Thursday the Orioles lineup actually showed up for their starter and scored four runs. It may have taken them a while to get the offense going but the support was there none the less.

Unfortunately, Brad Brach could not hold on to a 4-1 lead. Mychal Givens and Richard Bleier both worked an inning of relief and gave up just a hit each. When Brach came in for the save, he quickly ran into trouble. After getting the first out, Brach walked a batter and then gave up a double to put two runners in scoring position. Randal Grichuk brought them both home with double to make it a 4-3 game.

Buck Showalter opted to keep Brach in the game despite the shaky performance which ended up being a mistake. Brach failed to settle down and walked another batter before allowing a single to load the bases. An RBI single by Kevin Pillar tied the game and Showalter finally made a pitching change. Miguel Castro came in and worked out of the jam by inducing a double play to force extra innings

The pitching change kept the game alive for the O’s but certainly came too late. This is not the first time Brach has struggled this season in the closing role. With wins coming at a premium, Showalter’s decision is definitely confusing.

The controversial decisions continued as Showalter opted to let Castro come back out for the tenth inning. The reliever started the inning by putting two runners on but immediately followed it up with a pair of strikeouts. Castro would not finish off the inning and escape the jam this time though. Aledmys Diaz came up to the plate and delivered an RBI single to left field, completing the 5-4 walk off win.

Game 2 (5-1 TOR): Check out the full recap of Friday night’s game by Ian Schultz.

Game 3 (4-3 TOR): The Orioles played another extra inning game on Saturday and once again suffered the agony of a walk-off loss. It was a slow start for both offenses with only one run being scored in the first five innings. Kevin Gausman and Aaron Sanchez traded punches through their six-plus innings of work before turning it over to the bullpen.

Down 2-0 going into the seventh, the O’s offense finally came to life and pushed two runs across when an RBI double by Chance Sisco was followed by an RBI single by Adam Jones.

The Blue Jays responded with a solo home run by Grichuk in the next inning. The Toronto outfielder had a great series against the O’s this weekend by going 8-for-16 at the plate with two homers and five RBI.

A wild pitch by Tyler Clippard allowed Jonathan Schoop to score in the eighth and once again tie the game up. The score would remain tied at three through the ninth before these two teams entered extra innings for the second time this series.

The O’s did have a chance to take the lead in the ninth by getting Jones and Manny Machado on the corners with one out. However, in the ensuing at bat Jones misread a ground ball and was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice. The mistake may have cost the O’s a chance at a win in regulation but the bullpen continued to be a liability as the game continued.

Mychal Givens came in to pitch the tenth inning and proceeded to get two outs but also load the bases. Luke Maile stepped up to the plate and was quickly fed three balls outside the zone. In this scenario there isn’t a reason to swing and Maile did just that as ball four sailed up in the zone. It wasn’t the most exciting walk-off for Toronto but they all feel the same when you’re on the losing end.

Game 4 (13-3 TOR): Facing their first four game sweep of the season, the O’s were desperate for a win in Sunday afternoon’s finale. Unlike the extra inning thrillers on Thursday and Saturday, the O’s did not hang around with the Blue Jays and found themselves on the wrong end of a 13-3 blowout.

Alex Cobb got the start for the O’s and surrendered nine runs in just 3.2 innings. Cobb has had quite a few awful starts this year but this one stands as one of the worst. The nine runs allowed ties Cobb’s career high and inflates his ERA back up to 7.23. Pedro Araujo entered the game after Cobb and failed to stop the bleeding by allowing four more runs in just one inning of work.

Mike Wright and Darren O’Day combined to close out the final three innings but the damage had already been done. Even in the blowout loss it was nice to see O’Day return to the bullpen after spending most of May on the disabled list. The submarine pitcher struck out two while retiring the Blue Jays on 17 pitches in the eighth.

The O’s offense actually struck first on Sunday with a solo home run by Trey Mancini in the second inning. The Orioles would not get another until the seventh when Schoop did the same thing. The third and final run came later that inning when Jace Peterson picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice.

Up next: The Orioles return home on Monday to open a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox. This will be the Red Sox’ first visit to Camden Yards in 2018. The two AL East teams have met twice already with the Red Sox leading the season series 6-1.

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Orioles fall 5-1 to the Blue Jays as bats remain dormant

TORONTO– After taking the first two games of their six-game road trip against the New York Mets, the Baltimore Orioles took their second straight loss to the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of  5-1 Friday night at Rogers Centre.

Andrew Cashner got the start for the Birds and performed admirably, going six innings and surrendering only three runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking two. Cashner (2-8, 4.98 ERA) continues to struggle with giving up the long ball as he was touched up for two more last night, bringing his season total to 13 which ranks him just outside of the top 10 in home runs allowed in Major League Baseball.

The Orioles’ offense managed to get Cashner an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. After a lead-off walk by Danny Valencia and a Jonathan Schoop flyout, Mark Trumbo walked to give the Orioles a scoring opportunity with runners at first and second and just one out.

Trey Mancini came to the plate and grounded into a fielders choice with Trumbo being forced out at second and Valencia scoring on a throwing error by Toronto second basemen Devon Travis. An Austin Wynns strikeout ended the inning for the Birds.

Cashner took the 1-0 lead to the hill in the bottom of the second inning and quickly picked up the first two outs, getting Justin Smoak to ground out and Kevin Pillar to strikeout. Russell Martin came to the plate for the Blue Jays and delivered a two-out homer to left field, his sixth, to tie the game 1-1.  A Randal Grichuk ground-out ended the inning.

After no runs in the third and fourth innings, the Blue Jays offense got back on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Grichuk homered to left to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. After the Orioles produced their fourth straight scoreless inning in the top of the sixth, the Blue Jays extended their lead to 3-1 on a Martin single, scoring Teoscar Hernandez. Cashner finished the inning but left trailing 3-1.

Tanner Scott pitched the seventh inning, yielding one run on two hits and Mike Wright Jr. took the eighth, also giving up a run on two hits.

J.A. Happ was the latest pitcher to silence the Orioles offense, going seven innings and scattering just one run on two hits, while striking out three and walking two. Happ (8-3, 3.71 ERA) picked up the 100th win of his MLB career in the victory.

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Orioles hitting Coach Scott Coolbaugh could be on the hot seat.

The Orioles are 19-43 on the season with the loss and have scored one or fewer runs in 29% of their games this season (18/62).  They are 28th in average, 29th in runs scored, and dead last in on-base percentage. It’s time to start wondering who will be the first to fall on the sword for the overall ineptitude of this ball club and it reasons to believe that Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh is currently the leader in the clubhouse.

Game three of the four-game set is Saturday afternoon and the Orioles will send Kevin Gausman (3-5, 4.63 ERA) to the hill looking to end the brief two-game losing streak. Gausman will be looking to bounce back from an 8-5 loss to the Yankees last Saturday. The Blue Jays (28-35) will counter with Aaron Sanchez. Sanchez (3-5, 4.48 ERA) will be looking for his second-straight win fresh off the heels of an 8-4 decision over the Detroit Tigers.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:07pm on MASN 2.

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Orioles look to carry success from Mets series into Toronto as road trip continues

TORONTO — Earlier this week the Orioles (18-41) kicked off their current road trip with a pair of interleague wins over the Mets. Say what you will about the level of competition but the O’s put together two quality wins on the shoulders of some great starts by Alex Cobb and Dylan Bundy. The pair of wins wasn’t attractive from an offensive perspective but still good enough for the teams second road series win of the season.

Before I give myself a headache thinking about how long it will take the O’s to win a series outside of Maryland or New York, let’s switch our focus to this weekend’s matchup against the Blue Jays (26-34). Toronto finds themselves at the bottom of the AL East as well, but still seven games above the abysmal Orioles.

It wasn’t long ago when these two teams were trading punches in a handful of exciting matchups. Jose Bautista butted heads with the Orioles pitching staff for years before the rivalry reached its peak with a thrilling extra inning wildcard game in 2016. Less than two years later and things feel a lot more tame. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but fans may be crossing their fingers for some of that excitement and tension to reappear this season as the Orioles continue to become less and less interesting to watch.

Last meeting: The Orioles hosted the Blue Jays back in early April after opening the season with a 4-6 record. They had just taken three of four against the Yankees and were looking to turn their early season woes around. However, Toronto would end up taking the first two games before the O’s could scrap together a win in the series finale. The attendance at Camden Yards during the series was the lowest of the season with an average of less than 9,000 fans showing up for each game.

Game times and pitching matchups:

Game 1: Thursday, June 7, 7:07 pm – David Hess (2-2, 3.47 ERA) vs Jaime Garcia (2-4, 6.08 ERA) – MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Friday, June 8, 7:07 pm – Andrew Cashner (2-7, 5.02 ERA) vs J.A. Happ (7-3, 4.08 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3: Saturday, June 9, 1:07 pm – Kevin Gausman (3-5, 4.63 ERA) vs Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.48 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 4: Sunday, June 10, 1:07 pm – Alex Cobb (2-7, 6.19 ERA) vs Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.29 ERA) – MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on Orioles:

  • Jonathan Schoop is just one of many Orioles players in the midst of a slump. The second baseman hit right around .230 in both April and May and missed a good chunk of time due to injury. So far in June Schoop has collected four hits in three games which could signal toward a much needed turnaround. However, Schoop put together similar numbers last month when he went 9/31 with nine RBI’s in his first seven games of May.
  • Zach Britton made his third rehab appearance on Tuesday night and continued to be effective. The O’s reliever worked through an inning and a third, striking out one and allowing no hits. He did hit a batter but never let it come back to bite him. Britton is still on track to potentially rejoin the Orioles next week at the earliest.

Notes on Blue Jays:

  • The Blue Jays expect to get Josh Donaldson back at some point during this weekends series. Donaldson landed on the disabled list at the end of May with tightness in his left calf muscle but is now ready to return to the field. The former American league MVP has hit .270 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI’s against the Orioles in his career.
  • J.A. Happ has arguably been the best starter in the Toronto rotation so far this season. Despite being one of the most consistent members of the pitching staff, his difference between his home and road starts is staggering. Happ holds a 4.91 ERA in seven starts at the Rogers Centre, but his road ERA is just 2.97 in five starts.

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Series Preview: Orioles make pit stop at Camden Yards for tangle with Blue Jays

BALTIMORE — Despite enduring a freezing cold four-game series in New York that saw two contests go 12 innings or more, along with Mike Wright Jr.‘s complete flop on Sunday, the Baltimore Orioles found a way to take three games from the Yankees in the Bronx. After going 2-8 at Yankee Stadium in 2017 and beginning the 2018 campaign 1-5, this weekend lifted the spirits in the locker room and gave the O’s some much-needed confidence. The Yankees bolster one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball. Even though the pitching struggled at times, the bats finally came alive. For the first time in a long time, we saw the Orioles display that “never-die” attitude which has been a key characteristic of many Buck Showalter ball clubs through the years.

The Orioles return to Baltimore with a 4-6 record as the 6-4 Toronto Blue Jays come to town for more American League East action. The O’s are 1-2 at home this season after losing their opening series to the Twins. Toronto opened up the 2018 season with seven games at home – splitting a four-game series with the Yankees and taking two of three from the Chicago White Sox. The Blue Jays, currently on their first road trip of the 2018 season, took two of three from the Texas Rangers over the weekend. Many baseball pundits projected both the Orioles and the Blue Jays to finish in the bottom of the AL East this season, but Toronto has impressed early on.

Bullpen support on the way? With Friday’s game going 14 innings and Sunday’s thriller reaching 12 frames, the Orioles’ bullpen worked over 25 innings against the Yankees. Five different relievers threw at least 49 pitches over the four-game stretch. Richard Bleier stepped up big time, throwing 4.4 combined innings over the final three games (72 pitches). Miguel Castro (61 pitches) and Pedro Araujo (60 pitches) both tossed 4.1 combined innings, with their most recent appearances falling on Sunday.

Jimmy Yacabonis and Tanner Scott also made their Orioles debuts this weekend. Yacabonis appeared in Saturday’s 8-3 loss, giving up three earned runs on two hits and two walks in the seventh inning (27 pitches). Scott appeared in Sunday’s 8-7 win, going 1.2 innings and allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with a strikeout (32 pitches).

Following his Saturday debut, the Orioles optioned Yacabonis back to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. As of this writing, Scott remains on the roster, but ensuing roster moves could come later today to sure up a bullpen with several tired arms.

The Orioles will hope for Monday’s starter, Dylan Bundy, to eat up as many innings as possible. The good news for Baltimore is that Bundy has been by far the O’s best starter this season, as the right-hander has only allowed one earned run in 13 innings in his two starts.

Game times and pitching matchups:

Game 1: Monday, Apr. 9, 7:05 pm – J.A. Happ (1-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (0-0, 0.69 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2: Tuesday, Apr. 10, 7:05 pm – Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-1, 4.09 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3: Wednesday, Apr. 11, 7:05 pm – Marco Estrada (1-0, 2.77 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (0-1, 8.00 ERA) – MASN, MLB Network (out-of-market), 105.7 The Fan

Up next: The Orioles pack their bags for another seven-game road trip. Following an off-day on Thursday (Apr. 12), The Birds will play four games in Boston and three games in Detroit.

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Series Recap: Orioles extend losing streak to six before picking up win in series finale

A lot has changed for the Orioles since they won seven games in a row a few weeks ago. At the time, the streak put the O’s on the edge of a wildcard spot but things would come crashing down quickly after a couple rough losses to the Yankees and a sweep against a red-hot Cleveland club.

A bounce back series was needed to say the least but the Orioles could not find it. The results have been devastating for the O’s playoff hopes as well. Despite salvaging win in the series finale the Orioles are still at least four games behind the second wild card spot with just sixteen left to play.

All three games in this series were decided by one run but the Orioles came up short in two of them. In game one the Blue Jays took an early 2-0 lead thanks to a pair of RBI’s by Ryan Goins and Richard Urena.

The Orioles started a potential comeback in the fourth when Adam Jones brought Manny Machado home with an RBI single. However, Toronto was able to get that run right back in the bottom half of the inning. Goins came through again, this time with a solo homer to make it a 3-1 game.

This would happen again in the fifth and sixth innings as Mark Trumbo’s solo home run was erased by a Darwin Barney RBI single. After Ubaldo Jimenez exited the game it looked like the Orioles might be able to craft a comeback but Miguel Castro could not keep the Jays off the board either. Barney’s single marks the fourth run surrendered by Castro in his last three appearances.

The pitching may have been unreliable but looking back on this game you cannot ignore the two defensive mistakes by the O’s outfield. Mark Trumbo lost a routine fly ball in the lights that resulted in a double and Adam Jones made a throwing error that allowed a runner to advance in that same inning. These defensive mistakes hold even more weight in one run games and were definitely a contributing factor in the 4-3 loss.

With a chance to bounce back in game two the Orioles offense was nowhere to be found. The silver lining was a quality pitching performance by Dylan Bundy. The Orioles young starter tossed six strong innings while giving up just one run. Bundy also struck out eight in his start but was still arguably out-dueled by Joe Biagini.

Making his second start of the year against the O’s, Biagini was extremely efficient with his pitch count. The 27-year-old pitcher made it through eight innings and gave up just two runs. The only knock against Biagini was when he surrendered the lead to Tim Beckham in his final inning of the night. Facing Biagini for the fourth time in the game, Beckham was able to finally make him pay by launching a solo homer to take a 2-1 lead. However, this mistake would not matter in hindsight because Toronto was able to walk it off in the ninth.

Zach Britton entered the game to try to close out a one run win but he would end up blowing his second save of the year. Kevin pillar started the inning with a walk and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a single. Britton was able to get an out on a fielder’s choice but Pillar would come around to tie the game on an infield single.

Britton clearly did not have his best stuff but was still just one double play away from extending the game. Unfortunately the Orioles closer could not fool the Jays batters with his sinker and gave up the game winning hit to Urena.

The Orioles faced a very similar scenario in Wednesday’s series finale. Siting 4.5 games out of a wildcard spot, the O’s desperately needed to win the last game of this series. They managed to push two runs across in the first inning when Adam Jones doubled and Trey Mancini tripled but were shut down from here. Luckily, Kevin Gausman matched Dylan Bundy’s performance from the night before and held the Jays to just one run through seven innings of work.

Going into the bottom of the ninth the Orioles held the same 2-1 lead they had about 24 hours prior. Surprisingly Buck Showalter called upon Britton to close out the last inning again. This move is interesting not only because Britton blew the save on Tuesday but he also racked up a pitch count of 21 process.

The O’s closer was able to retire Jose Bautista to start the inning but gave up a single to the next batter, Kendrys Morales. With Pillar coming up to bat things were starting to look even more similar to the night before but this time Britton was able to get the crucial double play ball to end the game.

The Orioles will stay on the road this weekend with a four game series against the New York Yankees. The scenario has not changed since these teams last met earlier this month but the stakes are much higher for the O’s. Winning at least three games is going to be necessary if the Orioles want to have any chance at a postseason appearance.

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Series Preview: Orioles continue road trip in Toronto

TORONTO — Coming into September, the Orioles stood three games over .500 and came close to snagging an American League Wild Card spot. Since the month started, however, the Baltimore Orioles played to a 3-7 record. Yes, the O’s did run into the Cleveland Indians at a bad time. The Tribe, in the midst of an 18-game winning streak, now represents the #1 seed in the AL. However, some of the losses in September came against the Blue Jays, who sit in the cellar of the AL East. The Orioles can avenge that split at Camden Yards if they win this series up north in Toronto.

Over the weekend, the Blue Jays took two of three from the Detroit Tigers at the Rogers Centre.

Standings Update: In the AL East, the Red Sox (81-62) lead the division and render the #3 seed in the AL (Houston is #2). The Yankees (77-65) come in second and still hold the first Wild Card spot in the AL. The Orioles (71-72), now a game below .500, stand in third place with the Rays (71-73) close behind them. The Blue Jays (66-77) remain the clear-cut disappointment in the division this season.

Wild Card Race: Along with the Yankees, the Twins (74-69) currently grasp onto a Wild Card slot in the AL. In their 3-7 stretch, the Orioles fell down the Wild Card rankings, now three games back. The Angels (73-70), Royals (71-71) and Rangers (71-71) include the teams now ahead of the O’s in the quest for a Wild Card appearance.

Last Meeting: Just over a week ago at Camden Yards, the Blue Jays and Orioles split a four-game series. Toronto won games one and three, and the Orioles emerged victorious in games two and four. This series occurred right after the Orioles swept the Mariners. Since the start of last weekend’s series against the Blue Jays, the Orioles played to a record of 3-6.

Season Series: The Orioles rule the 2017 season series versus the Blue Jays, 11-5.  At the Rogers Centre this season, the Orioles own a 5-2 edge.

Game Times and Pitching Matchups:

Game 1Monday, Sept. 11, 7:07 pm – Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9, 6.80 ERA) vs. Marco Estrada (7-8, 5.00 ERA) – MASN, 105.7 The Fan

Game 2Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7:07 pm – Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.12 ERA) vs. Joe Biagini (3-10, 5.29 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Game 3Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7:07 pm – Kevin Gausman (10-10, 4.99 ERA) vs. Marcus Stroman (11-7, 3.18 ERA) – MASN 2, 105.7 The Fan

Notes on the Orioles:

  • Since being activated off the 60-day disabled list over the weekend, shortstop J.J. Hardy has not played. Unless the Orioles blow-out early and need a late-inning infielder, Tim Beckham will receive most of the playing time at shortstop. At this point, he’s so much better than Hardy at the plate. In the field, Hardy makes fewer errors than Beckham, but Beckham’s range visibly looks better than Hardy, now 35.
  • The starting rotation continues to struggle. Against the Indians this weekend, the trio of Wade Miley, Gabriel Ynoa, and Jeremy Hellickson combined for 10 earned runs on 17 hits. Meanwhile, the bullpen collectively allowed two earned runs over the weekend. Getting shut out on Friday certainly did not help, but the struggles of the 2017 Orioles continue to point at the starting pitching.
  • On June 29, Jimenez tossed eight scoreless innings in Toronto in a 2-0 Orioles win. That’s his best outing so far this season.

Notes on the Blue Jays:

  • First-baseman Justin Smoak‘s 37 home runs rank fourth in the MLB and third in the AL. Joey Gallo (Rangers) and J.D. Martinez (Diamondbacks) also possess 37 home runs on the season.
  • Closer Roberto Osuna (3.66 ERA) lists second in the AL and fifth in MLB with 35 saves. Alex Colome (Rays) commands both the AL and MLB lead with 56 saves.
  • Third baseman Josh Donaldson (illness) missed the last three games. His status for Monday’s game remains unclear.

Up Next: The Orioles head to the Bronx to conclude their 10-game road trip. Thursday through Sunday, the Birds battle the Yankees, just a few days removed from last weekend’s series at Camden Yards. The Yankees won that series, 2-1.

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