As the Orioles get set to face R.A Dickey for the second time this year today, it will also be their fourth game this season against a 2012 Cy Young Award winner.
The Orioles scored 21 runs and went 3-0 in those first three games against Dickey and Tampa Bay's David Price.
On opening night, they beat Tampa Bay 7-4 when Price started, and they won again April 18, 10-6, in 10 innings in another Price start. Five days later, they beat Dickey and Toronto, 4-3. While they didn't pin a personal loss on Price's record, Dickey did take the loss in his start.
Here are other impressive stats involving those two pitchers: Last year, Price started three times and Dickey once against the Orioles. They went a combined 3-0 with an ERA of 0.29 in those games. Over a combined 31 1/3 innings, the Orioles got just 14 hits and one run against the duo, which combined for seven walks and 33 strikeouts.
This year, the pair is 0-1 with an ERA of 5.50 against the Orioles. Over 18 innings, they have combined to allow 21 hits and 11 runs (all earned) against the Orioles with seven walks and 14 strikeouts.
O's batters are hitting .309 at 21-for-68 against Price and Dickey this season, with eight doubles and two homers.
The Orioles' offense is on a bit of a roll recently. The club is batting .307 with 72 runs scored over the last 13 games.
The Orioles have hit 13 homers the past four games and 24 in the last 11. In eight of those 11 games, they hit two homers or more.
Can they post yet another win today when a 2012 Cy Young winner starts against them?
Still hitting in Toronto: Yesterday, the Orioles scored nine runs in the first three innings; today, they scored merely five in taking an early 5-2 lead. Chris Davis had an RBI double in the first, and J.J. Hardy added a two-run single. In the top of the third, Danny Valencia launched a ball into the second deck for a two-run homer off Dickey.
Davis now has 15 extra-base hits over his last 15 games with eight doubles and seven homers. The Orioles scored 16 runs on 26 hits with seven homers in the first two games of this series, and the offense is still percolating so far today at Rogers Centre.
Garcia thru five: Freddy Garcia allowed three runs on nine hits through five innings today and has a 5-3 lead. He has pitched respectably when you consider that the hot Toronto bats produced 18 runs on 28 hits in the first two games of this series and that the Jays are second in the AL in runs, slugging and OPS since May 5.
Buck Showalter was just shown on MASN shaking his hand in the dugout, so it looks like he is out after throwing 102 pitches. In his first four starts, he threw, in order: 78, 77, 75 and 66.
Updating the Cy stats: With Dickey now out after allowing six runs over 6 2/3, the 2012 Cy Young winners have combined to pitch to an ERA of 6.20 this year against the Orioles, allowing 30 hits and 17 earned runs over 24 2/3 innings.