Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles Preview and Predictions 09-19-2019
It's a near-impossible task to pick out the most crushing defeat for a team that has lost 103 games, but the Baltimore Orioles added one to their short list on Wednesday night. On the verge of winning three straight series for the first time this season, Baltimore imploded in the late innings and must regroup for Thursday's rubber match versus the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.
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Randal Grichuk has tormented the Orioles all season and delivered another staggering blow with a go-ahead grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 11-10 victory. The stunning blast -- part of a six-run ninth -- extended Grichuk's hitting streak to 10 games overall and boosted his numbers this season against Baltimore to 14-for-40 with six homers, 12 RBIs and five doubles. Trey Mancini is 11-for-28 with four homers and 14 RBIs, including seven in this series, during a six-game hitting streak for the Orioles, who blew leads of 7-1 and 9-5. Jonathan Villar also has hit safely in six straight games after going deep for the second straight night and joining Mancini as the 11th set of teammates in franchise history to each score 100 runs.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, Sportsnet (Toronto), MASN (Baltimore)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Blue Jays LH Anthony Kay (0-0, 6.30 ERA) vs. Orioles RH Gabriel Ynoa (1-8, 5.74)
Kay, a trade-deadline acquisition from the New York Mets in the deal for Marcus Stroman, took a step backward in his second career start, lasting 4 1/3 innings and allowing five runs and seven hits in a no-decision against the New York Yankees. A first-round draft pick in 2016, he turned in a strong performance in his major league debut, limiting Tampa Bay to two runs and four hits while striking out eight, but he had to settle for a no-decision. Opponents are 6-for-15 against Kay with runners on base.
With the Orioles pushing back scheduled starter Aaron Brooks, Ynoa gets the nod and will attempt to halt a winless drought that has spanned more than two months. The 26-year-old Dominican made his 11th start and 34th appearance at Detroit on Saturday and did not factor in the decision after giving up two runs and seven hits over four innings. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is 3-for-4 against Ynoa, who owns a 4.50 ERA in three appearances versus Toronto and lost his lone start with five innings of three-run ball on June 13.
1. Blue Jays rookie 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is 23-for-49 versus Baltimore this season.
2. Orioles RHP Miguel Castro had allowed two hits over 10 straight scoreless appearances before he was victimized for five runs in the ninth.
3. Blue Jays rookie C Reese McGuire has multiple hits in seven of his last 18 games.
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Key Players to Watch
- KneeQues Sat | questionable
Williams has been held out of the previous three games due to a left knee contusion and a head injury. It is unknown if he will be in Saturday's lineup versus the Mariners.
- Bicepout for season | out
Harvey has soreness in his right biceps that is expected to keep him out of action for the remainder of the season.
- HandProb Thurs | probable
Nunez has missed the past two games with a left hand injury, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Blue Jays on Thursday.
- BackProb Thurs | probable
Trumbo is expected to play Thursday against the Blue Jays despite a strained left trapezius.
- Upper BodyDoub Wed | doubtful
Trumbo has sat out the last two games due to a strained left trapezius and is unlikely to play Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
- BicepQues Fri | questionable
Harvey is sidelined due to right biceps soreness, and it is unknown if he will be available against the Tigers on Friday.
Toronto Blue Jays
- Elbowout for season | 60-day IL
Mayza is likely miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list due to Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
- ConcussionOut Sat | out
Bichette was held out of the previous game as a precaution to be evaluated for a concussion. He will not be in the lineup for Saturday's battle against the Yankees
- RibsProb Thurs | probable
Guerrero Jr. departed the previous game with a left rib injury but is expected to suit up against the Orioles on Thursday.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Guerrero Jr. is not expected to play Sunday against the Yankees due to a day of rest.
- ObliqueQues Sun | questionable
Maile has been reinstated from the 10-day injured list after a strained left oblique, and it is unclear if he will play Sunday against the Yankees.
- QuadricepProb Sat | probable
Gurriel Jr. has been activated from the 10-day injured list after a Grade 1 left quadriceps strain and is expected to return Saturday to face the Yankees.
- ElbowProb Thurs | probable
Luciano has been activated from the 60-day injured list after a right elbow sprain. He is projected to return Thursday against the Red Sox.
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