The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles will be battling out in a one-game Wildcard playoff on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
We will compare the two starting pitches from the two respective teams.
|Team||Toronto Blue Jays||Baltimore Orioles|
|Name||Marcus Stroman||Chris Tillman|
|Birthdate (Age)||May 1, 1991 (age 25)||April 15, 1988 (age 28)|
|Height||1.73 m||1.96 m|
|Repertoire||57.5% Fastball (92.4 mph)
14.7% Slider (86.6 mph)
12.4% Cutter (89.8 mph)
10.1% Curveball (81.3 mph)
5.3% Change-up (84.7 mph)
|56.8% Fastball (91.7 mph)
15.6% Cutter (85.7 mph)
12.4% Curveball (75.3 mph)
15.2% Change-up (83.7 mph)
|Wins||9 Wins||16 Wins|
|Losses||10 Losses||6 Losses|
|Starts||32 games||30 games|
|Innings Pitched||204 innings||172 innings|
|Strikeouts per 9-innings||7.32 K/9||7.33 K/9|
|Walks per 9-innings||2.38 BB/9||3.45 BB/9|
|ERA||4.37 ERA||3.77 ERA|
|Match-up||Similar to Tillman, Stroman got a close look at his wild-card opponent in the final week of the regular season, throwing 7 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Orioles.||Coming in, Tillman is rested, not having pitched since Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.|
|Facts||Stroman surpassed the 200-inning mark for the first time in his young career, finishing with 204 innings.
When Stroman’s stuff is working, he can be as tough as any pitcher in baseball, but he can be inconsistent and gave up 21 home runs this season.
While his overall regular season numbers don’t jump out, Stroman’s second half was a different story.
After struggling with a 7.71 ERA during the month of June, Stroman had a 3.71 ERA in July, a 3.13 ERA in August, and then a 3.41 ERA in September.
|Former top prospect in the Seattle Mariners system. In trading Canadian pitcher Erik Bedard on February 9, 2008 to the Mariners, the O’s landed Tillman and outfielder Adam Jones. This trade helped rebuild the Orioles into the contender they are today
It took a while for Tillman to develop, but the 6-foot-5 right-handed has provided 4 straight seasons of serviceable innings for the Orioles, winning 16 games twice during that span.
While he’s not an ace and he doesn’t throw very hard or strike out a lot of people, Tillman is a solid starter who can be really good when he’s on.
|Playoff Performance||Stroman was a workhorse in the 2015 playoffs.
Considering how well Francisco Liriano pitched down the stretch, many were urging Jays manager John Gibbons to go with the lefty on Tuesday against the O’s, but Stroman’s playoff run in 2015 and desire to pitch in big games was the deciding factor in going with the fiery right-hander.
|Tillman hasn’t fared very well in the playoffs.
Even though he got a win in the 2014 ALDS over the Detroit Tigers, Tillman went just 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 6. Both runs came on solo homers.
In the 2014 ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, he was touched up for 7 hits and 5 runs in just 4 1/3 innings.