The Orioles are coming off a series sweep. Truly, anything is possible. The world is their oyster.
Granted, that sweep came at the hands of a Mets team that is 10-23 since the start of May and somehow has an even more lifeless offense than the Orioles. But still, it counts! And now the Orioles will hope to build on that momentum with a four-game series in Toronto, their first visit to Rogers Centre this season.
The O's will face veteran Jaime Garcia, whom they drafted out of high school in 2004. The Orioles didn't sign Garcia because he fared poorly on a psychological test, but it was their own fault because the test was poorly translated into Spanish. Classic Orioles. Garcia has gone on to have a nice little 10-year career for himself, but not this season -- he's 2-4 with a 6.08 ERA in 10 starts for the Jays.
The Orioles counter with David Hess, who's been a pleasant surprise with three quality starts in his four major league outings so far. He'll face an almost unrecognizable Blue Jays lineup that's missing a bunch of regulars, including Russell Martin, Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis, and the injured Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki. Hess will be working with Austin Wynns, who's making his second big league start behind the plate.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TORONTO BLUE JAYS|
|Trey Mancini - LF||Curtis Granderson - RF|
|Adam Jones - CF||Yangervis Solarte - 2B|
|Manny Machado - SS||Teoscar Hernandez - LF|
|Danny Valencia - 3B||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Mark Trumbo - DH||Kendrys Morales - DH|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Luke Maile - C|
|Chris Davis - 1B||Aledmys Diaz - SS|
|Craig Gentry - RF||Randal Grichuk - CF|
|Austin Wynns - C||Gio Urshela - 3B|
|David Hess - RHP||Jaime Garcia - LHP|