Another series finale, another game where the Orioles are just hoping to avoid a sweep. The team is on a five game losing streak, and will likely need a very strong start from Brad Bergesen. In won’t be an easy day for O’s batters, having to face hard-throwing lefty David Price. Definitely a contrast in styles between the two starters.
Price’s strong 2010 debut:
His stuff^ from that start:
He throws a hard fastball, but then can also take a little off to add some movement to it. The change isn’t a fantastic pitch, but there is that big speed disparity to deal with. He compliments the heater with a hard slider and a slower curve that had a fair bit of movement on it. Another Rays’ pitcher with very good stuff, but the control isn’t always there.
The O’s crew:
More movement, with Adam “Mr. Swing at Everything*” Jones in the lead-off spot. Wieters finally gets a day off. If the line-up manages 4 runs I’ll be pretty happy.
If Bergy’s locating the ball at the bottom of the strike-zone he’ll be effective .