Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Veterans Dickey, Jimenez square off in Baltimore

The Blue Jays and Orioles have two of the better lineups in the American League, but an unlikely pitchers' duel could still emerge Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
R.A. Dickey is scheduled to take the mound for Toronto, while the Orioles will counter with veteran right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. To date, both pitchers have enjoyed a lot of success against their division rivals, and if that trend continues, it could be a low-scoring affair in Baltimore.
Jimenez is 6-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 13 career appearances against the Blue Jays, but a closer look at his pitcher vs. hitter matchup doesn't bode well for Toronto's offense. 
Baltimore has experienced similar problems with Dickey, who has a 3.09 ERA in six career appearances at Camden Yards, but so far this season Dickey has struggled to find his stride.
"I'm not disappointed in my knuckleball -- I'm disappointed in the results, obviously," said Dickey, who has allowed 11 runs in 14 2/3 innings. "But my knuckleball has been pretty good. It's moving late, I'm keeping the ball in the ballpark a majority of the hits this year."
Three things to know about this game:
• Russell Martin has more at-bats against Jimenez than anyone else in the Blue Jays' lineup, but he won't be starting with Dickey on the mound. Backup backstop Josh Thole will get the call instead, as he does for all of Dickey's starts.
• Toronto went 11-8 vs. Baltimore last year, which was the Blue Jays' first winning season against the O's since 2011. From 2012-14, Toronto went 24-32 against Baltimore and is 14-24 at Camden Yards during that same span.
• The heart of the Blue Jays' order -- Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion -- are a combined 10-for-79 all-time against Jimenez. The Orioles trio of Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Chris Davis are 14-for-66 in their careers against Dickey.

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