Chris Tillman will hopefully be available to speak to the media today in Toronto. Manager Dave Trembley had fun in his pregame session earlier this week by calling Saturday’s starter (whose name was literally the elephant in the room) “thin and invisible”.
If you’ve seen Tillman, the description isn’t a stretch. He’s tall and skinny — and the Orioles hope — the answer to shut down the blistering Blue Jays bats. Toronto enters Friday tops in the American League (tied with the Red Sox) with 255 runs scored. The Jays are also tops in homers (79), RBIs (249) and doubles (199).
For comparison’s sake the Orioles have 44 homers, 164 RBIs and 70 doubles entering Friday. To be fair, the Blue Jays haven’t played as many AL East opponents as the Orioles and Friday will start a 12-game divisional stretch that should separate whether Toronto’s hot start is for real.
When the Tillman move is made official the Os will send down a reliever, which probably won’t happen until after Friday’s game. Look for Frank Mata or Alberto Castillo to go back to Norfolk.
As for me, I’m off to the Hockey Hall of Fame for a few hours. Catch you all back here for pregame tidbits from the Rogers Centre.