Orioles on deck: Davis back in starting lineup, plus what to watch Sunday at Blue Jays and more

Orioles (19-44) vs. Blue Jays (29-35)

Where: Rogers Centre, Toronto


First pitch: 1:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (2-7, 6.19 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.29 ERA)

Davis starting for Orioles

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who didn’t play the last two games in Toronto, is back in the starting lineup today.

Davis’ season average has dropped to .152, and his .232 slugging percentage is equal to his .232 on-base percentage.

What to watch

1. Avoid another sweep. The Orioles are looking to avoid their 10th sweep of the season (ninth of more than one game). The Orioles have sunk to a season-high 25 games under .500 having lost five of six meetings with the Blue Jays this season.

2. Down to the 5.00s. Alex Cobb’s ERA is down to its lowest point of the year after five quality starts in his past seven games. He has a 4.20 ERA since his ERA was 13.11 three starts into the season. Another good outing could drop his ERA into the 5.00s for the first time as an Oriole.

3. Lost and ... anything but found. The Orioles are still searching for offense, having scored 1.9 runs per game over their past 10 games. That’s wasted a lot of decent pitching as the Orioles have nine quality starts in their past 10 games, and are 2-8 during that time.

Orioles lineup

3B Jace Peterson

CF Adam Jones

SS Manny Machado

DH Mark Trumbo


2B Jonathan Schoop

1B Chris Davis

LF Trey Mancini

C Chance Sisco

RF Joey Rickard

Blue Jays lineup

DH Curtis Granderson

2B Yangervis Solarte

LF Teoscar Hernández

1B Kendrys Morales

CF Kevin Pillar

C Russell Martin

RF Randal Grichuk

SS Aledmys Díaz

3B Gio Urshela