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Gameday Thread: Blue Jays at O's, 05/03

Josh Towers, RH
(2-1, 4.61)

Daniel Cabrera, RH
(1-1, 7.65)
LF R Johnson 2B B Roberts
2B O Hudson 3B M Mora
CF V Wells SS M Tejada
3B C Koskie RF S Sosa
1B S Hillenbrand DH J Lopez
DH E Hinske 1B R Palmeiro
C G Zaun CF L Matos
RF A Rios LF L Bigbie
SS R Adams C G Gil

Game time is 7:05 on CSN.

Josh Towers has walked one person this year. He has a 23-to-1 K-to-BB ratio going right now. The one person he walked was Charles Thomas. He has given up five times as many homers as people he has walked. Batters are hitting .283 off of him and he has a 1.21 WHIP. Go figure.

Cabrera has walked 13 people this year. He has an 18-to-13 K-to-BB ratio going right now. The twelve people he's walked are Derek Jeter, Gary Sheffield, Marco Scutaro, Erubiel Durazo, Alex Gonzalez, Aubrey Huff, Travis Lee, Russ Adams, Frank Catalanotto (twice), Eric Hinske, Orlando Hudson and Corey Koskie. He has given up three home runs. Batters are hitting .310 off of him and his WHIP is 1.95. Sounds about right.

No, I don't have a point. But Cabrera's control has been less-than-advertised out of spring still, while Towers is taking his to a new level of silliness, and his K-rate has risen. That's why he's so happy.

Cabrera hasn't pitched since April 22, when he was a big ol' mess against these very same Blue Jays. 5.2 innings, five hits, five runs, six walks, seven strikeouts. The team bailed him out with nine runs in the final two innings to win 13-5, and the bullpen was unhittable after he left. His opponent that night? Towers, who went six, gave up eight hits and four runs, no walks, five strikeouts. A decent enough Josh Towers start blown by Justin Speier.

Cabrera-Towers II! Are you very much excited?