Series Preview: Orioles (19-41) @ Blue Jays (26-35)

After sweeping the Mets during their two-day stay in New York, the Orioles will now fly north of the border and take on the Blue Jays for a four-game set before returning home.

The Orioles (19-41) may still own the worst record in the big leagues, but they’ll be feeling good coming into Toronto after winning consecutive games for just the fourth time this season.

The Blue Jays (26-35) have seen their season derail in a hurry, and will be looking to get back on track against the Orioles. After getting swept in a two-game set versus the Yankees earlier this week, they’ve now gone just 5-17 over their last twenty-two contests.

David Hess (2-2, 3.47 ERA) will take on Jaime Garcia (2-4, 6.08 ERA) in tonight’s series opener.

Hess took a tough-luck loss in his last outing after giving up just one run on four hits over six solid innings against the Nationals. The rookie has been impressive to start his career in the bigs and has recorded three quality starts in his first four attempts. He’s also allowed just a single run on eight hits over his last 12 2/3 innings of work.

Garcia was tagged to the tune of four runs on seven hits over just 1 2/3 innings against the Tigers, and will be looking to snap out of a rough patch against the Birds. He’s gone 0-4 with a 7.26 ERA over his last seven starts.

Andrew Cashner (2-7, 5.09 ERA) will match-up against J.A. Happ (7-3, 4.08 ERA) on Friday.

Cashner turned in a solid outing during his last start, but took the loss after giving up three runs over six innings against the Yankees. It was just his second quality start over his last eight attempts and he has posted a 6.19 ERA over his last seven starts.

Happ struggled during his last start in Detroit, allowing four runs over five innings, but has been otherwise excellent for the Jays this season. He’s allowed two runs or less in six of his last ten starts. He’s also gone 3-0 with a stellar 2.81 ERA over his last four contests.

Kevin Gausman (3-5, 4.63 ERA) will go up against Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.48 ERA) on Saturday.

Gausman was hit hard against the Yankees and allowed five runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings en route to his fifth loss of the season, and will be looking to snap out of his recent funk in Toronto. He’s gone 0-3 with an 8.53 ERA over his last four starts.

Sanchez notched his third win of the season by holding the Tigers to one run on two hits over six innings during his last start, and will be hoping to stay in form after his prior struggles. Sanchez went 0-3 with a 5.96 ERA over five starts in May.

The Blue Jays haven’t named a starter to take on Alex Cobb (2-7, 6.19 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale.

Cobb was impressive during his last outing against the Mets and earned his second win of the season after allowing just a single run on two hits over six innings. Cobb has now posted quality starts in five of his last seven contests and has allowed three runs or less on six separate occasions during that span.

That’s all for now, folks!

Here’s to coming home on a high note.

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Logan Quick is a 23-year-old journalist from Harford County, Maryland. Loves hockey so much, there's ice in his veins, not blood. Breathes soccer. Kind of wishes he lived in Barcelona. Oh yeah, and his love for music, especially 1960's and 70's rock and roll, is unwavering. Also a lover of...more

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  1. avatarxfku on said:

    O’s fan since 1963.

    Rarely seen such a squad with obvious talent look so consistently pathetic. There is no other word for it.

    Fire sale time. Start with the Angelos family, fire Buck, fire the front office, get rid of every single high dollar contract and do a rebuild aka Atlanta Braves style.

    Pathetic.

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