Does anybody else hate when the O's are in Toronto? That stadium is just such an eye sore. Ah well, here is who will being playing on that turf they call the Rogers Centre tonight:
RHP R.A. Dickey, Toronto
2014: 4 G, 1-3, 6.26 ERA, 23.0 IP, 18 SO, 15 BB, .265 BAA, 1.65 WHIP
Last start (vs. Minnesota): 4.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 4 SO, 5 BB, L
Dickey's 2014 season in a word: "disastrous". The former Cy Young winner has managed to get through seven innings once this season and it was against Houston. Even then he took the loss while giving up five earned runs. Those three losses are tied for the most in baseball with our very own Ubaldo Jimenez. And look at those walks; 15 in only 23 innings. Ick!
The O's hit the Blue Jays ace around in 2013. They faced him three times, racking him with a 7.71 ERA and two losses. In ten career games against the Birds, Dickey has managed a 4.67 ERA and a 2-4 record. Let's hope the 2013/14 version of Dickey shows up tonight.
RHP Miguel Gonzalez, Baltimore
2014: 3 G, 1-1, 6.28 ERA, 14.1 IP, 10 SO, 5 BB, .333 BAA, 1.67 WHIP
Last start (vs. Tampa Bay): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, W
This is an important game for Gonzalez and the Orioles. The bullpen was taxed in the series against Boston and was hit around a bit. Miggy really needs to go deeper than his usual five or six innings. If he gets hit around, expect to see T.J. McFarland. He is said to be in Toronto with the club, according to MASN's Roch Kubatko.
Gonzalez has looked better each start. His ERA and batting average against are still inflated from his implosion against Detroit in the opening week of the season. His last two appearances have been much more what we have come to expect.
Orioles (w/ career stats against Dickey)
|RF Nick Markakis (L)||2-for-9, .222 BA, 1 SO, 4 BB|
|LF Nelson Cruz (R)||1-for-4, .250 BA|
|1B Chris Davis (L)||5-for-18, .278 BA, 1 HR, 6 SO|
|CF Adam Jones (R)||3-for-16, .188 BA, 1 HR, 4 SO|
|C Steve Clevenger (L)||none|
|DH Delmon Young (R)||3-for-9, .333 BA, 1 HR, 1 SO|
|SS Ryan Flaherty (L)||1-for-3, .333 BA, 1 HR, 2 BB|
|3B Jonathan Schoop (R)||none|
|2B Steve Lombardozzi (S)||2-for-14, .143 BA, 4 SO|
There is no trace of J.J. Hardy or Matt Wieters. Hardy is still nursing a hamstring injury. However, the O's beat reporters are saying that he has been icing it and expects to play tomorrow. The sitting of Wieters is more interesting. He didn't play in the daytime win over Boston on Monday. He does have poor numbers against Dickey (2-for-11, .182 BA, 4 SO) and Clevenger has done moderately well this season in the few chances he has gotten. Reports are that he has forearm soreness; nothing serious at this point, and he is available off the bench.
Something else of note is that Steve Pearce has been designated for assignment to make room for LHP T.J. McFarland. Pearce had only managed to get into three games this season, tallying seven at bats and just one hit. CC's Mark Brown dissects the move a bit more here.
Blue Jays (w/ career stats against Gonzalez)
|SS Jose Reyes (S)||0-for-6, .000 BA, 1 SO|
|LF Melky Cabrera (S)||1-for-7, .143 BA, 2 BB|
|RF Jose Bautista (R)||2-for-9, .222 BA, 3 SO, 1 BB|
|1B Edwin Encarnacion (R)||2-for-17, .118 BA, 2 HR, 1 SO, 2 BB|
|DH Juan Francisco (L)||none|
|CF Colby Rasmus (L)||1-for-12, .083 BA, 6 SO|
|3B Brett Lawrie (R)||2-for-16, .125 BA, 3 SO|
|C Josh Thole (L)||none|
|2B Ryan Goins (L)||1-for-5, .200 BA, 1 SO|
There don't seem to be any surprises here. Most of the regulars are here apart from Adam Lind who is on the 15-day disabled list with back tightness. Lind has smashed Gonzo to the tune of 8-for-16 and a home run. But man, there are a lot of little numbers up there.
In his career, Gonzalez is 4-2 with a 3.00 ERA against Toronto. The ERA does rise to 3.54 when playing at the Rogers Centre. Go get em Miggy.