Prepare yourselves for the knuckleball and all the weird narratives that it will spawn. R.A. Dickey is starting for the Blue Jays against the Orioles tonight. Make sure to check out Tyler's preview of the game if you'd like to know what that's meant for the hitters in the O's lineup in their careers.
Toronto has felt like a den of nightmares in recent years for the O's. A lot of that is probably left over terror from the Trembley era and earlier, when it seemed like they went five years without winning a game up there. That said, between 2012 and 2013, the O's had a 21-18 record against the Blue Jays in total, so they have been winning, if not dominating, the season series in recent years. They lost the first series at Camden Yards this season.
One encouraging sign you might find for tonight is that the Jays have not been good against right-handed pitching so far this season, and Miguel Gonzalez is right-handed. This is just one point in the O's favor. Gonzalez still has to make some good pitches to get good outcomes. But things are at least a little bit in his favor, if everything else remains the same. I'll still be nervous about the team facing Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, though, because man, can those guys hit some homers.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Jose Reyes - SS|
|Nelson Cruz - LF||Melky Cabrera - LF|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Jose Bautista - RF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Edwin Encarnacion - 1B|
|Steve Clevenger - C||Juan Francisco - DH|
|Delmon Young - DH||Colby Rasmus - CF|
|Ryan Flaherty - SS||Brett Lawrie - 3B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 3B||Josh Thole - C|
|Steve Lombardozzi - 2B||Ryan Goins - 2B|
|Miguel Gonzalez - RHP||R.A. Dickey - RHP|