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Game Preview: Toronto Blue Jays @ Baltimore Orioles, 4:05 p.m.

Jason Hammel has had his troubles this season. Will he overcome them and help the Orioles to victory?

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Who is Todd Redmond?

When I checked the Orioles webpage for the probable pitchers for this game, I found myself staring at Blue Jays starting pitcher Todd Redmond thinking that he reminds me of someone. I finally decided that it's a less goofy, more physically fit version of Kevin from The Office.

Anyway, Redmond is the pitcher for the Blue Jays this afternoon. Redmond was in the Orioles system for a very brief time this year when they claimed him off waivers from the Reds in February. The Blue Jays then claimed him off waivers from the Orioles in March.

Redmond is 28 years old and before this season had appeared in one ML game for the Reds in 2012. Redmond has only appeared in four games for the Blue Jays this season, including one start. If you just glance at his ERA and see 3.55 you might think he's holding his own, but that's not really the case. He's only pitched 12 2/3 innings, the first 7 2/3 of which were in relief. Two of his three relief outings were in garbage time with the Jays down by at least four runs. And in his only start he walked three and gave up a home run in a five-inning, two-run performance in a game the Jays won 11-5.

Redmond is basically a minor-league lifer who can fill in at times. He's logged over 1200 innings since 2005, mostly as a starter, including four full seasons at AAA from 2009-2012.

None of that is to say that he can't come in and shut down the Orioles. It does happen on occasion that a career minor leaguer shuts down a good team. But one would definitely think that the odds are in the O's favor when it comes to matchups.

Even if the matchup is with Jason Hammel?

Guys, I'm worried about Jason Hammel. He's not going anywhere, but he's just so unreliable this season. Whatever happened to his sustainable success on account of his new pitch? Sigh.

Hammel is coming off a start against the Yankees in which he only allowed one run, but he only pitched five innings due to a high pitch count. Come on, Jason! For the season he has a 5.03 ERA and 1.410 WHIP. You never know what you'll get from Hammel, but maybe today will be one of his good days.

Hammel faced the Blue Jays once already this season and it didn't go well. He only gave up four hits in six innings with one walk and seven strikeouts, but two of those four hits were two-run homers. Oops.

Here are Hammel's career numbers against the Blue Jays:

Innings Pitched 55 2/3
ERA 4.04
WHIP 1.275
BA/OBP/SLG (historical) .249/.316/.468
BA/OBP/SLG (current players) .255/.290/.441

Hammel has owned Bautista over his career, holding him to 2-for-14 with 2 walks and no extra base hits. He hasn't been so lucky with Edwin Encarnacion, who has hit 6-for-14 (.429) with a double and two home runs.

The Yard will be rocking

This game is going to be a virtual sellout (if not outright). I just checked and the only place you can buy tickets online is in section 70 (four seats available), section 60 (1 seat) and section 55 (1 seat). Stubhub has 137 tickets available, 52 of which are standing room only.

Today is Adam Jones jersey night which surely has something to do with it. I was at the game last night with 42,000 and the place was as loud as could be. Hopefully the Orioles will give the crowd plenty to cheer about.



1. Nate McLouth (L) LF 1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B 2. Jose Bautista (R) RF
3. Nick Markakis (L) RF 3. Edwin Encarnacion (R) 1B
4. Adam Jones (R) CF 4. Adam Lind (L) DH
5. Chris Davis (L) 1B 5. Colby Rasmus (L) CF
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS 6. Maicer Izturis (S) 3B
7. Matt Wieters (S) C 7. J.P. Arencibia (R) C
8. Brian Roberts (S) 2B 8. Brett Lawrie (R) 2B
9. Nolan Reimold (R) DH 9. Emilio Bonifacio (S) LF

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