Apr 18, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman (30) pitches the ball during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Orioles and Chris Tillman: Reversing Trends at Tampa Bay

The Baltimore Orioles and Chris Tillman will be together looking to reverse some trends as they open a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight in Florida.

Tillman will be making his seventh start of the season and will hope to return to the form shown in the first five where he pitched to a 1.71 ERA. His last two starts against Toronto and Pittsburgh featured a particularly bad inning in each – the most recent being a 49-pitch first frame against the Pirates.

The challenge also will be to defeat the trends of 2013 where, in spite of his all-star season, Tillman was 1-3 against the Rays. A few weeks ago he was scheduled to face off at Camden Yards against David Price, but that game was rained out.

So overall for this season, Tillman is 3-1 with a 3.68 ERA. His career numbers against Tampa Bay are not good at all, with a 4.90 ERA and 2-6 record.

 

W

L

ERA

G

GS

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2014 Stats

3

1

3.68

6

6

36.2

37

17

15

5

12

35

Vss. Rays

2

6

4.90

11

11

60.2

54

34

33

16

22

44

MLB Career

35

26

4.24

90

90

509.2

492

260

240

79

184

396

 

However, there are not a lot of powerful numbers in the current Rays lineup against him. Matt Joyce is about the best at .286 on a 6-for-21 with two homers. Ben Zobrist is only batting .172 against Tillman.

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

Ben Zobrist

29

5

1

0

3

4

3

3

.172

Matthew Joyce

21

6

1

1

2

4

1

7

.286

James Loney

14

2

1

0

0

2

2

1

.143

Desmond Jennings

13

2

1

0

0

2

1

3

.154

Jose Molina

11

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

.091

Yunel Escobar

11

2

0

0

0

0

3

2

.182

David DeJesus

6

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

.333

Sean Rodriguez

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

3

.000

Wil Myers

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

 

But it is not just Tillman who has struggled recently against the Rays, it is the whole Orioles team effort – particularly in 2013. Though the Orioles are at this moment 2-0 against the Rays this season, last year it was 6-13, including a 3-7 record at The Trop. It can be argued very successfully that the Rays are what prevented the Baltimore Orioles from a return to the playoffs.

To keep a winning effort going for this year against the injury-downtrodden Rays, the Orioles will have to contend with Chris Archer this evening. He is currently 2-1 on the season with a 4.84 ERA. The Orioles hit him well on April 19th in a game where he allowed seven runs in five innings on 12 hits.

W

L

ERA

G

GS

CG

SHO

SV

SVO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HB

BB

IBB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

2014 Stats

2

1

4.84

6

6

0

0

0

0

35.1

37

19

19

1

1

10

0

28

.270

1.33

1.28

Vss. Orioles

1

2

5.85

4

3

20.0

22

13

13

2

8

18

MLB Career

12

11

3.72

35

33

2

2

0

0

193.1

167

85

80

19

10

61

2

165

.233

1.18

1.06

 

Though the numbers are not extensive, J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado have hit him well, whereas Adam Jones is hitless in nine appearances.

AB

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

BA

J.J. Hardy

10

4

2

0

0

2

0

2

.400

Adam Jones

9

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

.000

Nick Markakis

9

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.111

Matt Wieters

9

3

1

0

0

1

0

1

.333

Chris Davis

6

2

1

0

1

3

2

2

.333

Manny Machado

7

3

0

0

0

2

0

1

.429

Nelson Cruz

6

2

1

0

0

1

0

1

.333

David Lough

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

 

It appears that TJ McFarland will be activated for this evening, and Matt Wieters is the DH with Steve Clevenger catching.

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