Here's a quick look at our upcoming foes, the division rival Toronto Blue Jays.
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Friday, May 1, 7:07 PM
Mark Hendrickson (1-3, 5.40/1.96) v. Roy Halladay (4-1, 3.75/1.08)
Hey, let's book a bigger mismatch...
Halladay dominates the O's for his career. In 28 games (24 starts), he's 18-4 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. Melvin Mora has done well against Doc, though, hitting .323/.338/.468 with two homers in 62 at-bats. Brian Roberts is hitting an empty .321 (17-for-53). Ty Wigginton slugs .611 in 18 at-bats.
The only current Jay with any real experience and success against Hendrickson is Alex Rios (.333/.394/.533). Vernon Wells (5-for-28) and Aaron Hill (2-for-19) have struggled badly against the tall lefty.
Saturday, May 2, 1:07 PM
Brad Bergesen (1-0, 5.59/1.76) v. David Purcey (0-2, 7.01/1.79)
Bergesen has never faced the Jays, of course. Purcey was hit hard by the O's once last year (5 IP, 11 H, 6 ER).
Sunday, May 3, 1:07 PM
Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 5.20/1.63) v. Scott Richmond (3-0, 2.79/1.20)
It's no stretch to say that if the O's are going to stay watchable, Guthrie needs to play better. He's quite good in seven career starts against Toronto: 3.09 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, the 1-2 record is not his fault. Lyle Overbay (1.080 OPS) and Vernon Wells (1.389) have his number.
Richmond also faced the O's once last year, but fared far better than did Purcey: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R allowed.