David Hess finally gets another shot tonight at his favorite opponent.
Hess no-hit the Blue Jay for 6 1/3 innings on April 1 for his only win of the season. He’s failed in his next 11 attempts, though he posted only his second quality start in his last outing.
Hess has made four career starts against the Blue Jays and allowed only two runs and 12 hits in 25 1/3 innings. Justin Smoak is 0-for-11 with eight strikeouts. Randal Grichuk is 3-for-10 with three doubles.
Keon Broxton took early batting practice this afternoon and is the center fielder.
Edwin Jackson was listed as the starting pitcher for the Blue Jays, but he’s been replaced by right-hander Derek Law, who’s never started at any level. Law has made 123 relief appearances over four seasons, the first three with the Giants.
Law has made two appearances against the Orioles and turned in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Hyde learned of the change in starters about two hour ago.
Jackson could follow Law, who’s expected to serve as an opener tonight. Jackson is pitching for his 14th team, with three relief appearances with the Orioles in 2017 included on his resume. He’s 0-4 with an 11.90 ERA and 2.237 WHIP in five starts with the Blue Jays over 19 2/3 innings. The damage includes eight home runs surrendered.
Jackson is 6-1 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.086 WHIP in 11 career games (nine starts) against the Orioles. Davis is 0-for-17 with eight strikeouts.
The Blue Jays are only two games ahead of the Orioles for fourth place in the American League East.
Asked about the margin last night, Hyde said, “I’m aware of it.”
He just wasn’t impressed by it.
“With where we are, our process that we’re going through, I’m not concerned about the standings,” he said. “I’m concerned about how we play and I’m concerned about trying to win a game that night and how we prepare that day, and if we’re playing the game the right way, giving these guys opportunities to develop at the major league level.
“Obviously, winning is what this is about. At the same time, we’re process-based right now and we’re going to try to give guys opportunities to have success. It feels a lot better to win than lose for sure.”
A victory tonight would give the Orioles their first series win since April 22-24. They haven’t won back-to-back games since May 4-6.
The Orioles rank second in the majors in caught-stealing percentage at 43.6, trailing only the Diamondbacks (46.4). They’re tied for second in most double plays turned with 67, three fewer than the Cardinals.
For the Orioles
Jonathan Villar SS
Anthony Santander LF
Trey Mancini RF
Chance Sisco DH
Renato Núñez 1B
Pedro Severino C
Rio Ruiz 3B
Hanser Alberto 2B
Keon Broxton CF
David Hess RHP
For the Blue Jays
Cavan Biggio 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
Randal Grichuk RF
Justin Smoak 1B
Teoscar Hernández CF
Rowdy Tellez DH
Freddy Galvis SS
Luke Maile C
Derek Law RHP
Here are the starters for the series against the Red Sox at Camden Yards: