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Game Thread: Toronto Blue Jays (6-6) at Baltimore Orioles (5-6)


Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Buehrle (2-0, 0.64 ERA) takes the mound today to face off against the Baltimore Orioles and Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2, 6.75 ERA) as the Toronto Blue Jays try to climb above .500 for the second time this season. Baltimore is trying to get back to .500 and will be hoping the strong pitching they’ve had in the first two games of this series continues.

Mark Buehrle will attempt to win his third game of the season and has looked strong early in 2014. Buehrle has a 7-8 record/73 K’s/3.42 ERA over 129 inning against the O’s in his career. He has struggle against much of the current O’s lineup with Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Matt Wieters, and Delmon Young all hitting better than .300 against him. Buehrle will have to continue the strong pitching Toronto has experienced from Dustin McGowan and Drew Hutchison, if Toronto is to come away with a series win. Toronto will have to find a way to get some hits and drive in some runs, as the Oroiles pitching staff has limited Blue Jays hitters to 3 runs on 10 hits in the first two games. On the positive side, Melky Cabrera continue to swing a hot bat, Jose Bautista continue to get on base with 3 BB yesterday, and Edwin Encarnacion looks like he is about to heat up with hits in his past 2 games.

Ubaldo Jimenez looks to notch his first win as a Oriole against a team that was rumored to have interest in obtaining his services this off-season. Jimenez has struggled in his first two starts to a tune of 8 runs, 8 walks, 10 K’s, and 13 hits over 10 2/3 innings. Jimenez has issued a high number of walks in his career but has also been able to get his fair share of strikeouts. Thus far, he is walking too many and being hit hard. In his career he is 2-1 with a  4.61 ERA (21 K’s) against Toronto. Not too many Jays that have hit Jimenez well in their careers, with Colby Rasmus having the most sucees with a .333 average over 24 at bats. Jose Bautista (0.077 in 13 AB), Edwin Encarnacion (0.222 in 9 AB) and Adam Lind (0.182 in 11 AB) have really struggled against Jimenez have only one homerun against him.

After last nights stellar pitching dual between Dustin McGowan and Chris Tillman in game one and between Drew Hutchison and Bud Norris this writer is hoping for more offense for the rubber match.

Toronto Blue Jays Lineup

Baltimore Orioles Lineup

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  • RyanMueller

    Homerun Colby Rasmus #TakeThatZuan

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Colby starting to heat up a bit and despite just a .186 batting average he’s slugging .465 for the year

      • RyanMueller

        He seems to be a guy that will have a low AVG with high ISO and BABIP

  • RyanMueller

    Agressive and heads up base runniing is what the jays need to score some early runs

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      I can tell you are watching on real TV while I’m on MLB.TV… my feed is consistently 30 seconds delayed (or more).

      • RyanMueller

        I like MLB.TV…their condensed games are great.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          Live though because they use this “NextDef” HD crap it makes the feed about 30-40 seconds delayed… I can’t even use Twitter during the game or it spoils every play for me.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          I’ve actually been loving MiLB.TV too quality is iffy but the fact I can watch Sanchez starts is amazing

  • RyanMueller

    Not Looking good.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      maybe this is one of those 11 Buehrle games a year when he sucks

      • RyanMueller

        Looks like he has straightened

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Anyone else love watching Rasmus chase fly balls?

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      he’s a beaut I thought that was going to drop

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    Damn nice stretch by Davis

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

      It hurt me to even watch it.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Rasmus shows the only weakness in his defense- his arm. Good thing the Os didnt send the runner.

  • RyanMueller

    stupid ballgirl

  • RyanMueller

    loving the small ball game the jays are playing this inning

  • RyanMueller

    Goins showing a good eye to take a BB

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Rasmus does it again. Tracks it down like a lion!

    • RyanMueller

      Rasmus is el fuego get another hit

  • RyanMueller

    lawrie makes a great play

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

      You’re under selling it.

      • RyanMueller

        Iwould put the replay on here but it won’t let me

        • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

          The game recap HAS TO have it! And his bomb! I’m gushing!

          • RyanMueller

            Am I suppose to do the recap if I did the game thread?

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            I don’t know about SUPPOSED TO. I do.

          • RyanMueller

            I guess I dropped the ball last night…I didn’t do a recap. I will do one for this game.

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            Even the Orioles’ announcers were gushing after that play… it was incredible!

  • RyanMueller

    Lawrie got all of that one

  • RyanMueller

    We should have signed Jimenez he is so much better than Hutch

    • RyanMueller

      Bring in the reliever

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      haha who was the idiot that said the Blue Jays should sign him for $60M??? lol… eating my words now, he’s not worth anything without Mickey Callaway.

      • RyanMueller

        We are right 100% of time 60% of the time

  • RyanMueller

    Rasmus is really really el Fuego

  • RyanMueller

    what else is there to say about this game….3 run jack puts it on ice