Much as last night's game left a sour taste in our mouths, the Orioles can nonetheless win the series if they win tonight's game. In and of itself, winning the series has little meaning; the O's will still be two games below .500 and they'll have more work to do to get where they want to go. But the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and all of that.
Tonight's Blue Jays starter, Aaron Sanchez, has one big flaw in his game. He has walked 25 batters in 32.1 innings of work. That's such poor command that maybe even the Orioles will manage to work a few walks. Of course, even if they get walks, that doesn't guarantee they'll score. Though command is a problem, he's also only giving up a batting average against of .219 so far this year, probably helped by a nearly 60% ground ball rate. That gives you a decent ERA of 3.62, though FIP hates him, putting him at a 5.70. Eventually, those numbers will probably move towards one another.
The O's could use the offense. They didn't have much yesterday, not that it mattered when the pitching was bad. Hopefully they can put enough of a complete baseball performance together and pull themselves to a win.
|TORONTO BLUE JAYS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Devon Travis - 2B||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Alejandro De Aza - RF|
|Jose Bautista - DH||Jimmy Paredes - DH|
|Edwin Encarnacion - 1B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Russell Martin - C||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Chris Colabello - RF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Kevin Pillar - CF||David Lough - LF|
|Ryan Goins - SS||Caleb Joseph - C|
|Ezequiel Carrera - LF||Reynaldo Navarro - 2B|
|Aaron Sanchez - RHP||Miguel Gonzalez - RHP|