Game 6: Orioles vs. Blue Jays

For the second series in a row, the O’s have lost the first two games. Now would be a good time for Kevin Millwood to show his veteranosity and get them a win. I’m going to be at the game for MASN’s Orioles Blogger Day, so the line-ups won’t be up as they’re not available before I have to leave. Post game wrap will therefore also be a little late – hopefully it’ll be full of good things, with a W at the end. Not the most exhilarating pitching match-up as Millwood counts as the “hard-thrower” with Shaun Marcum working for the Jays, but the company should be excellent.

Marcum’s 2010 start:

K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB rate FIP^ xFIP^
7.7 1.3 1.3 29.4% 3.97 3.87

His stuff (obviously tiny sample size)^:

Marcum threw a slider back in ’07 and ’08, but it appears he didn’t use it in his first start. Perhaps he dropped it from his repertoire after missing some of 2008 and all of 2009 after having Tommy John surgery. He mostly used a variety of fastballs on Opening Day – taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning in Texas  – along with a heavy dose of change-ups, and an occasional slow curve mixed in. The fastballs only come in in the mid 80s, but the change-up is very good (and has been throughout his career). He’s the kind of guy who often gives the O’s trouble*, what with the throwing strikes and changing speeds. Given the team’s slow start offensively, I’m not expecting a huge break-out today.

* Yes, I know that’s a dumb statement. The players on the team change, etc. etc. Still, that’s my feelings about it – despite not being especially true.

Millwood:

K/9 BB/9 HR/9 GB rate FIP xFIP
9.0 1.8 1.8 29.4% 4.17 3.75