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Tillman to face Stroman in AL wild-card game


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Jose Bautista: There may be no more polarizing player in the whole postseason than Bautista, whose competitive fire stretches from his legendary bat flip against Sam Dyson and the Rangers in last year’s playoffs all the way down to every pitch he disagrees with.

Then, if O’s manager Buck Showalter brings in any of his right-handed bats off the bench to face the veteran lefty, it eventually will help Jays closer Roberto Osuna, if he is asked to close the game in the ninth. Including Stroman, the Blue Jays will have 10 pitchers available.

Especially with teams as volatile as these two. Fans interested in the postseason game have been searching the Internet for terms such as “Blue Jays vs. Orioles record”, “Blue Jays vs. Orioles stats”, and “Blue Jays vs. Orioles betting odds”. Stroman will get the start in Tuesday’s wild-card game against the Baltimore Orioles. When you rush things you tend to make mistakes. They added to the core that was already on hand.

That might be Joe-speak, but it actually makes a lot of sense.

And now here we are.

The Orioles, Blue Jays and Giants had reason to celebrate on Sunday as they all claimed major league wild-card berths on the final day of the regular season. He took the loss against the Orioles on Thursday when he allowed four runs, nine hits and two walks while striking out three in seven-plus innings.

But this year, he’s rewritten the narrative dramatically, posting a 3.63 ERA in four starts versus the Jays, including a 2.38 ERA in two starts in Toronto. The 24-year-old is one of the hardest throwers in baseball, and one of the top contenders for the Cy Young in just his second season. Cecil ended up going 1-7 on the year, mostly recently giving up a two-run home run to David Ortiz on Friday that put the Jays once solid playoff position in jeopardy, albeit temporarily.

Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60) has basically been impressive from start to finish, but allowed four earned runs in 5.2 innings at home in his lone start against the Giants. For emphasis sake, Gibbons repeated himself, later.

That said, the Os will be hoping to rock some of the overdone bravado of Stroman early in Tuesdays contest, perhaps from Mark Trumbo, he of the MLB-best 47 home runs.

A useful utility player throughout his career who re-upped with the Pirates on a one-year, $2.5 million deal, Rodriguez enjoyed the best offensive season of his career with an.859 OPS, 16 doubles and 18 home runs in 342 plate appearances. That’s what gets Stroman going, and it’s what Gibbons is betting on to get the team there. “For it to come down to 162 and they need me out there – it’s the best”.

The right-hander has failed to last six innings in each of his past three starts and has a 4.45 ERA in 11 starts since the all-star break.

Not too long ago, it seemed like the Blue Jays were on their way to cruising into the playoffs. I wouldn’t be surprised if its a higher scoring game with many pitchers being used. “They have a knack of stepping up at the right time”.

On Friday night, Clayton Kershaw starts Game 1 for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington, and the NL wild-card victor plays the best-in-the-majors Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. “When you’re playing a team from your division, there’s really no secrets”. “Chris Davis [is] one of the biggest power threats in the game”. “It’s going to come down to who executes”. October is meant baseball, and the quest for immortality starts tonight as the Baltimore Orioles travel north of the border to face the Toronto Blue Jays in a one-game, winner-moves on, American League Wild Card game.

The game will be played at Toronto’s Rogers Centre, where Tillman has struggled mightily throughout his career, compiling a 7.01 ERA across 13 starts (2-6 record). For the season, Stroman posted a 4.37 ERA over 204.0 innings pitched.

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