Many people's heads may still be spinning from all of the offense in last night's clash between the two teams. A total of 11 pitchers were used in the 26 hit affair. So, the starters will be asked to go at least seven against lineups that have hit the first and second most home runs in baseball. Should be fun.
RHP Drew Hutchison, Toronto
2014 stats: 22 G, 7-9, 4.62 ERA, 122.2 IP, 125 H, 14 HR, 41 BB, 111 SO, .263 BAA, 1.35 WHIP
Last start (@ Houston): 3.0 IP, 4 ER , 6 H, 0 BB, 2 SO
Career vs. Baltimore: 5 G, 2-0, 1.16 ERA, 31.0 IP, 7 BB, 28 SO
Hutchison started off the season fairly well with an ERA under four for the first two months of the season, but he has struggled lately. His ERA in July was 6.53 and two of his last three starts lasted three innings or less.
The last time he faced the O's was June 13 at Camden Yards. He threw seven scoreless innings of six hit baseball, striking out three.
LHP Wei-Yin Chen, Baltimore
2014 stats: 21 G, 12-3, 3.76 ERA, 124.1 IP, 133 H, 18 HR, 21 BB, 90 SO, .274 BAA, 124 WHIP
Last start (vs. Seattle): 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 SO
Career vs. Toronto: 1 G, 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 5.0 IP, 1 BB, 3 SO
Chen has been really good his last two times out. He has racked up 15.1 innings and only allowed 1 earned run. Pretty good stuff. But those starts did come against one of the more offense-deficient teams in the league. Even so, he has won his last five starts in a row. Three of them were against Texas, Washington and Oakland. All three of those clubs are in the top half of the majors in runs scored.
He continues to do a nice job of limiting walks and that makes his high home run rate (12.7% of fly balls turn into home runs) more manageable. Not to mention the Orioles tend to scored a lot of runs when Chen starts. His 5.19 runs of support are fifth in all of baseball. They will need it against a hard hitting Toronto team.
Orioles (w/ career numbers vs. Hutchison)
|RF Nick Markakis (L)||4-for-15, .267 BA, 1 2B, 1 SO|
|3B Manny Machado (R)||2-for-3, .667 BA, 1 2B|
|CF Adam Jones (R)||3-for-15, .200 BA, 3 SO|
|DH Nelson Cruz (R)||2-for-12, .167 BA, 4 SO|
|1B Chris Davis (L)||2-for-11, .182 BA, 2 BB, 4 SO|
|SS J.J. Hardy (R)||3-for-13, .231 BA, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 SO|
|LF David Lough (L)||1-for-3, .333 BA, 1 BB|
|2B Ryan Flaherty (L)||0-for-4, .000 BA, 3 SO|
|C Nick Hundley (R)||none|
Lots more left-handed bats in tonight's lineup and Davis returns to the fifth spot. Surprising that Caleb Joseph goes to the bench after three straight games with a home run.
On the bench: Jonathan Schoop (1-for-7 with a home run), Steve Pearce (1-for-3), Caleb Joseph (0-for-2), Delmon Young (none).
|SS Jose Reyes (S)|
|LF Melky Cabrera (L)|
|RF Jose Bautista (R)|
|DH Nolan Reimold (R)|
|C Dioner Navarro (S)|
|1B Danny Valencia (R)|
|CF Colby Rasmus (L)|
|3B Munenori Kawasaki (L)|
|2B Ryan Goins (L)|
It is surprising that Chen has such little experience against a division rival but he has only ever face three Blue Jays currently on the active roster. It is his first appearance in Toronto. Gose is 1-for-1, Danny Valencia is 2-for-7 with a double and Brett Lawrie is 0-for-2 with a walks and a strikeout