7:05 PM ET, September 24, 2013
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Toronto: Redmond (4-2, 3.82 ERA)
Baltimore: Tillman (16-7, 3.70 ERA)
The Baltimore Orioles MLB playoff hopes are now gone and it’s time for this team to turn their attention toward finishing above .500 for the second consecutive season.
However, the O’s will have to accomplish that without the help of All-Star third baseman Manny Machado.
Tonight the Orioles begin what could potentially be a very long stretch without Machado when they open a three-game set versus the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 21 year-old suffered a serious injury when his left leg buckled as he reached the first-base bag in the seventh inning of Monday’s 5-4 defeat versus the Tampa Bay Rays.
The O’s have batted .171 and totaled 11 runs during the skid, its longest since a season-high six-game slide May 14-20. Those offensive woes extend back further with the team hitting .223 and averaging 3.4 runs over the last 20 baseball games.
YouWager experts note that it is good news Chris Davis hitting his 52nd home run Monday to extend his franchise record. However Davis is batting .207 with 33 strikeouts in 87 at-bats this month.
He should be happy to see Toronto again.
Davis is 18 for 58 (.310) with seven homers and 18 RBIs in 16 games thisMLB season against the Blue Jays. One of those home runs came off Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond.
Baltimore is sending Chris Tillman (16-7, 3.70 ERA) to the mound. Tillman happens to be their most reliable starter. The right-hander ranks among the AL leaders in wins and opponent batting average (.239), needing 5 2/3 innings to reach 200 for the first time.
However Tillman has lost three of four decisions this month, posting a 4.28 ERA. The Anaheim native gave up three runs — all in the second inning — and seven hits over seven frames Thursday in a 3-1 defeat versus the Boston Red Sox.
The Blue Jays will start with Redmond (4-2, 3.82) who will try to continue his strong finish. The 28 year-old is 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA in his last four starts. During that stretch there was a 6 1-3-inning outing versus Baltimore on Sept. 13 during which he allowed one run and three hits before the Orioles rallied for a 5-3 win.
Redmond was even better when he faced the New York Yankees on Thursday, yielding one run and four hits over a career-best seven innings in a 6-2 victory.