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Game #21 Preview: Roark vs Milone

Blue Jays (9-11) vs Orioles (12-11)

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

After stringing together consecutive wins, the Blue Jays next feat will be an attempt at a series sweep this afternoon on getaway day against the Orioles. Since it is getaway day and the Jays need to get home for a squeezed in double header against the Phillies, today’s gametime has been pushed forward, and is set for 1:05 EDT.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Tanner Roark will be making his fourth start of this shortened season, trying to improve on his 1-1 record and 6.00 ERA. Over 12 innings, Roark has allowed 8 runs on 10 hits, surrendering 9 walks and 3 home runs against just 10 strikeouts. None of that is good, and very understandable as to why he is currently sporting the 6.00 ERA.

Roark has seen the velocity of all of his pitches fall by over 2 mph this year so far, although a lot of that was pulled down a bit by his start after the long layoff, which was also his worst start of the season. If he is able to find consistency in the time between his starts, perhaps that is what is going to be needed to help get him on track.

Orioles’ Starter

The Orioles will counter with veteran lefty Tommy Milone. Milone will be making his 5th start of the season, currently carrying a 1-2 record with a 4.00 ERA after 18 innings. He has been hit fairly consistently so far, allowing 22 hits, but he has done a good job otherwise keeping things under control, allowing just 1 home run thus far and only 3 walks while striking out 18.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Teoscar Hernandez had a bit of a back problem which kept him out of the lineup yesterday, but it was encouraging to see him get a pinch hit at bat and remain in the field defensively afterwards, so his injury doesn’t seem too serious.

Rowdy Tellez predictably was out of yesterday’s lineup, although was reportedly feeling better. Hopefully he is feeling better still today, and everything with that scary situation can be put behind him. Whether he’ll get into the lineup with a lefty on mound is another question.

It was nice to see Alford get another start, and there’s a chance that he gets out there again today. And he was even able to chip in a hit, although he did struggle a fair bit while at the plate. The only chance he has of correcting his issues is playing time, but he needs to improve quickly if he’s going to keep getting the opportunity.

Orioles’ Lineup

Anthony Santander continued his strong start to the season yesterday, adding another 3 hits including his 8th and 9th home runs and pushing his OPS over 1.000. He, Chance Sisco and Pedro Severino are all currently sitting with an OPS over 1.000.

The Orioles placed Jose Iglesias on the Injured List yesterday prior to the game, recalling Ramon Urias from the Alternate Site. Urias was the only position player to not get into yesterday’s game for the Orioles, although he was probably ready to go in and play SS if the game made it to the 11th.

Yesterday’s Heroes

Anthony Santander, as mention before, had a big game yesterday with is 2 home runs, and that’s good enough for the Monster Bat award. Not good enough for the win though, with the Jays taking it in extras.

Kenta Maeda carried a no-hitter into the 9th inning, but that wasn’t enough to pick up the Pitcher of the Day honours, as that award instead will be split between the co-winners of the WPA King award as well. Anthony Senzatela and Zack Greinke threw the pitcher’s duel of the year yesterday, matching zeroes through 8 innings. They both allowed no runs on 3 hits and no walks, with Greinke striking out 7 and Senzatela 6. Both pitchers put up a .558 WPA, and the game went to extras with the Astros eventually winning 2-1 over the Rockies.

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