Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Stroman faces Wright, powerful Orioles offense

Mike Wright's scheduled start Sunday was rained out, so he is set to take the mound against the Blue Jays on Tuesday as the O's pushed back their rotation. In his second outing of the season, Wright is likely to get some run support from a powerful offense, at least if the first 11 games of 2016 are any indication.
Baltimore has hit 23 homers, good for 2.1 blasts per game. An 11-game sample is too small to make any accurate projections, of course, but if the O's could continue that clip all season, they'd easily shatter the all-time team record of 264 set by the Mariners in 1997. Baltimore is on track for 339 homers, and the club hit 16 in just the past week.
"A lot of guys in the lineup can hit the ball a long way," said Nolan Reimold, who went deep Friday night against the Rangers. "We feel like we're never out of the game. The later innings, we can score a lot of runs still. It's a long year, it's still really early, but we know we can put up some runs."
Fresh off a comeback win on Monday in Boston, the Blue Jays will send Marcus Stroman to the mound to try to contain the Baltimore lineup. He's done it before -- he has held Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones to a combined 0-for-9.
Three things to know about this game
• Sunday was the second time that Wright's start was postponed due to bad weather, but the O's elected to send a rested Chris Tillman to the mound for the next game. Wright made his first start of the season against the Red Sox last Tuesday, picking up a win despite allowing four runs over five innings.
• Toronto won 11 of 19 games against Baltimore last season, scoring 118 runs (6.2 per game), the Blue Jays' highest run total against any opponent in 2015. They scored 15 runs to support Stroman the last time he faced the Orioles.
• Camden Yards has not been kind to Jose Bautista, even though he's played there more than any ballpark other than Toronto's Rogers Centre and Pittsburgh's PNC Park, both places he called home. In 74 games at Camden Yards, the Blue Jays slugger has the lowest batting average there (.202) of any park in which he's had more than 100 at-bats.

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