RHP David Hernandez (4-7, 5.05) tonight will make his 16th start of this season, his 8th at home and the 1st in his career vs. Tampa.
Hernandez allowed four hits, all homers in a loss Tuesday vs. Boston. He gave up six runs in just 2 2/3 innings.
Hernandez has given up seven homers in 7 2/3 vs. New York and Boston over his last two starts. He has allowed 12 homers over his last 23 innings and 21 on the year in 82 innings.
Giving up the longball is one reason he has struggled recently. Over his last five starts, Hernandez is 0-3, 8.22 as his ERA increased from 3.81 to 5.05.
The Orioles are 5-10 when Hernandez starts, losing five games in a row.
Right-handed hitters bat .291 off him and lefties hit .260. In seven home starts, Hernandez is 2-3, 4.66.
LHP David Price (7-7, 4.65) tonight makes his 20th start of this season, his 10th on the road and the 3rd of his career vs. Baltimore.
The 23-year-old Price was recalled from Triple-A on May 25. Over his last seven starts, he is 4-2, 3.25.
Price, 2009 season:
Home games: 6-3, 3.32, 10 starts
Road games: 1-4, 6.31 9 starts
Price's control has improved lately. He issued 30 walks his first eight starts and just 16 over the last 11 starts.
Entering this season, Price was ranked by Baseball America as the second-best prospect in baseball, behind only the O's Matt Wieters.
Price vs. Baltimore:
2009: 1-0, 3.60, one start (5IP, 7H, 2R-ER on Aug 18)
Career: 1-0, 2.61, two starts (10 1/3IP, 11H, 3ER)