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Game #69 Preview: Manoah vs Kremer

Blue Jays (33-35) vs Orioles (23-46)

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
This is as close as the Jays got to making an out on defense yesterday.
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Happy Manoah Day! We’ll see if the Blue Jays can bust out of this 5 game losing streak. Gametime is 4:05 ET.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Alek Manoah brings his 1-0 record and 2.66 ERA through 4 games and 20.1 innings into today’s game. He has looked great, and has been very enjoyable to watch. His fastball has been good, and his slider has lived up to the lofty expectations placed on it early. His sinker is the pitch that is seeing success that I really wasn’t expecting. If he’s going to find success long term as a starter, he’ll need the three pitches he has working for him right now. He’ll probably need to figure out his changeup as well, but at least he’s currently more than a 4-seamer/slider guy, and that’s exciting!

Orioles’ Starter

Shane Dean Kremer goes for the Orioles, making his 11th start of the year. He has flat out sucked so far. He brings into this game an 0-6 record with a 6.65 ERA. In his 43.1 innings, he has allowed 33 runs on 51 hits walking 16 and striking out 39.

The right handed Kremer relies heavily on his low-90s fastball, throwing it about 58% of the time. He will drop in the occasional curveball and cutter, both at about a 1/6 chance. Then he’ll also throw a change a few times a game. None of his pitches have been overly good, with the first 3 all carrying an xwOBA between .359 and .368 (league average is about .311). His changeup has finished 7 at bats so far this year, and batters are 4-6 with a home run off it.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

The top 4 in the lineup yesterday went 0-16 yesterday, and while the game shouldn’t always be on them to win it, it’s certainly hard when they all have an off night.

Teoscar Hernández may or may not be back today. He still has another day on the Paternity List, so I would take it if I was him. Jonathan Davis extended his Paternity Leave beyond the allotted 3 days, so hopefully everything is going OK with his family.

If he’s still on the roster, today might be a good day to give Jared Hoying a start? He got the token at bat yesterday, so maybe that’s all they wanted to give him, but he probably matches up well against Kremer.

Orioles’ Lineup

Cedric Mullins was unsurprisingly great against the Jays last night. He hit a pair of home runs, drove in 4 and really carried his team. He’s right in the thick of things in the WAR leaderboards, and should be seeing his first All Star Game next month.

The Orioles surprisingly don’t have a listed platoon right now, so don’t be surprised to see a very similar lineup to the one they put out there yesterday. It looks like they might bump Freddy Galvis up in the lineup against righties, as it looks like they shuffle things around with the starting 9 a fair bit.

Yesterday’s Heroes

Adam Duvall matched Mullins in the hit and home run count, but Duvall takes home the Monster Bat award thanks to his extra run scored and 6 total RBI on the day. Duvall helped his Marlins to the 10-2 win over the Cubs.

Erick Fedde takes home the Pitcher of the Day award with 7 shutout innings, striking out 2 and walking 4, while striking out 6. He didn’t earnt the win, but his Nationals beat the Mets 1-0.

It was a tight race for WPA King. Yordan Alvarez had a .447 mark thanks to a walkoff double, while Erick Fedde had a .446 mark on the mound. However, Fedde also had a .040 WPA at the plate, and squeaks out the WPA King win.

Find the Link

Find the link between Cedric Mullins and Jaylin Davis.

Stats retrieved from Fangraphs and Baseball Savant