The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays with about ten people who cared last night. And all ten people likely had money on the game. Backed by a solid performance by starting pitcher John Means, the O’s won a close 4-2 decision on Tuesday night at Camden Yards. After giving up a run in the 1st inning, Means settled in to pitch a strong game for 5 innings.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it, does it make a sound? That’s kind of what their win was like last night, because no one cared to notice the 4-2 win. This is a battle at the bottom of the AL East, with the Blue Jays at 23-43 on the season and the O’s at 21-45.
There is a lot undecided at the top of the AL East, but the rest is pretty well sorted out already. The Blue Jays and Orioles will finish either 4th or 5th, that much is known at this point. The rest of the division is up for grabs and could make for one of the most exciting races in the majors.
Then there are other divisions which aren’t going to have the most thrilling conclusions. The Yankees are the most likely suspect to pull away and not make this a competition by September, though. Toronto and Baltimore have nothing to stress over when it comes to that.
Managers Charlie Montoyo and Brandon Hyde might have to stress over their starting pitchers this evening. Edwin Jackson and David Hess will seek to turn a corner and try and get their season going in the right direction tonight. The Blue Jays have no other options with injuries to Matt Shoemaker, Clay Buchholz, and Ryan Borucki. Hess has been the bigger disappointment, as he was expected to contribute in his second season. He hasn’t been able to make the jump, at least not yet. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Orioles pick.
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Edwin Jackson is the equivalent of a band-aid on a shotgun wound at the moment for the Blue Jays. Desperately trying to patch up their rotation with something cheap, the Blue Jays are giving the veteran a look in their starting rotation. And thus far it’s been painful to look at whenever he steps on the hill. His 14th team in his professional career has been a rocky time, as he heads into Baltimore with an ERA of 11.90, 2.24 WHIP, and .442 OBA.
In his last three outings, his ERA was a crazy 17.69 with a 3.00 WHIP and .508 OBA. Other than his opening effort against the Giants, Jackson has been a punching bag for any hitter who steps to the plate. His ERA currently stands at 14.73 on the road in 7.1 innings. He hasn’t been able to pitch for very long before getting pulled.
He can’t be much worse than he’s been, but it is hard to expect him to turn into a serviceable pitcher over night. With nobody else to turn to, the Jays are left putting Edwin on the mound even though they know he doesn’t have it.
He’s made a lot of money throughout his major league career, which began all the way back in 2003, so this is just some extra money. But for David Hess, this season is incredibly important. Hess appeared in 21 games as a rookie and was decent with an ERA of 4.88, 19 of which were starts.
As a pitcher with no experience against major league hitting, clubs do not expect the world. However, improvements are expected in the following years. That hasn’t happened yet at least. Hess limps into Wednesday with a 7.08 ERA and 1.51 WHIP. It hasn’t been as bad as Jackson, but he’s been bad recently as well, posting an 8.04 ERA and 1.79 WHIP in his last three contests.
Adding to his woes has been Baltimore, where he possesses an ERA of 10.57 and 1.83 WHIP. It doesn’t help either pitcher when the wind is expected to be blowing out to left field. Both offenses were silent on Tuesday, but things should be able to open up in this one.