Sunday, June 19, 2016

Stroman, Tillman set to battle in finale

he American League East can often be tough on opposing pitchers, and Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman (6-2, 4.76 ERA) has been victim to the stout offenses in recent starts. He'll look to correct that Sunday against the Orioles in the series finale.
The hard-throwing 25-year-old has a 9.13 ERA in his past four starts against AL East foes. This comes after he went 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA last season -- all against divisional opponents. Plus, he started this year's campaign with some strong starts within the AL East.
But the Orioles scored four runs off Stroman on June 9 and didn't allow him to complete six innings for the fourth straight time against AL East competition. In his most recent three starts outside the division, Stroman is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA.
As Stroman looks to solve his struggles within the division, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman (9-1, 2.87 ERA) will attempt to extend his eight-decision winning streak. He's gone at least seven innings in each of his past two starts, allowing just one combined run.
Things to know about this game
• Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders has crushed the Orioles pitching staff this season. He belted three home runs in the series opener Friday, and he went 1-for-3 with a walk against Baltimore on Saturday.
• Tillman allowed two runs in six innings on April 21 in his only start against the Blue Jays this season. In his career, he's 4-10 with a 5.65 ERA against Toronto.
• O's All-Star third baseman Manny Machado will begin serving his four-game suspension Sunday. He had started in a league-leading 229 consecutive games.

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