Miguel Gonzalez, 1-1, 6.28 ERA vs. RA Dickey, 1-3, 6.26 ERA
The ERA's are almost identicial. Dickey will be back in the RC trying to find the magic touch with the knuckleball. According to Fangraphs live scorecard the Jays have a 60% chance to win this game.
Chris Tillman, 2-1, 1.71 ERA vs. Dustin McGowan, 1-1, 4.85 ERA
The innings are starting to mount now for Dustin McGowan so it will be interesting to see whether he can maintain his velocity and sharpen his pitches. Although the Jays did beat Tillman in Baltimore this will be a tough test against the Orioles opening day starter.
Bud Norris, 0-2, 4.42 vs. Drew Hutchison, 1-1, 3.60
Norris pitched well against the Jays last time the met, can he do it twice in a row? Hutchison has been improving, particularly with his command, can that continue?
Compared to nine days ago the Jays have Jose Reyes back but Adam Lind is on the DL. Manny machado is still missing for the Orioles, he is expected back around May 1. JJ Hardy is day-to-day. The bubbling issue for the Jays is bullpen usage, or over-usage. Can these three starters give the Jays 21 innings? It is probably doubtful, a complete game from Dickey is probably the first necessary step.