Blue Jays-Orioles Preview
The Toronto Blue Jays have picked up where they left off against
the Baltimore Orioles.
Ricky Romero now gets his chance to continue his own dominance
of the Orioles, and Adam Lind’s scheduled return may boost those
Romero looks to extend his personal winning streak to four, and
Lind is expected back from injury when these teams meet at Camden
Yards on Saturday night.
Toronto (29-28) has won 21 of 27 against Baltimore (25-30) and
went 15-3 in the season series last year. The Blue Jays carried
that success into 2011, winning 8-4 on Friday.
Romero (5-4, 2.88 ERA) went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in four starts
against Baltimore last year.
The left-hander, Toronto’s leader in wins, ERA and strikeouts
(66), has been outstanding over his last four starts, going 3-0
with a 1.21 ERA. He yielded two runs in seven innings of a 13-4 win
over Chicago on Sunday.
Lind is slated to be the designated hitter Saturday after he was
activated from the disabled list following the series opener. The
first baseman has been out since May 8 with a lower back
He was on a tear prior to getting hurt, hitting .457 with six
homers and 15 RBIs in 12 games. Lind has a .343 average over his
last nine meetings with Baltimore.
Toronto’s J.P. Arencibia is batting .308 with six RBIs in the
last six games after connecting for his first grand slam Friday.
The catcher is hitting .255, but his nine homers and 30 RBIs rank
among the rookie leaders, while 19 of his 41 hits have gone for
Arencibia is vastly more productive versus left-handers,
compiling a .357 average with four homers. He’s hitting .218
“He’s done an excellent job at the plate and behind the plate,
and (Friday) he had a very good game all-around,” manager John
The Orioles, losers of six of seven, will turn to Jake Arrieta
(6-3, 4.97). The right-hander will be looking to rebound from one
of his worst performances of the season in trying to gain a share
of the AL wins lead.
He surrendered four runs and four hits with four walks in 2 1-3
innings of a 4-3 loss at Seattle on Monday.
“I’m pretty upset about this one,” Arrieta told the Orioles’
Arrieta was impressive in his only start versus Toronto on Sept.
14, allowing four hits with five strikeouts in six scoreless
innings of an 11-3 win at Camden Yards.
Adam Jones is batting .407 with 11 RBIs in his last 12 home
games, and he’s hitting .347 with seven RBIs over his past 12
meetings with Toronto.
Jones is 8 for 23 with a homer against Romero.
The Orioles’ 37 errors rank among the most in the AL, and they
have committed 12 in nine games. Mark Reynolds’ error Friday – his
11th – led to two runs for Toronto.