Baltimore Orioles

Monday night game thread: vs. Blue Jays, 7:35

So against a more familiar opponent, the next three games feel important, kind of a test of whether the Orioles’ recent hot hitting, adequate starting pitching, and solid work from the bullpen are .

New and newish faces include former Dodgers ace Hyun Jin Ryu , veteran hurlers Tanner Roark , Chase Anderson , Anthony Bass , Matt Shoemaker , and Shun Yamaguchi , a closer from Japan, as well as last season’s trio of young hotshots Bo Bichette , Vladimir Guerrero , Jr. and Cavan Biggio , plus infielders Travis Shaw and Joe Panik.

Among Blue Jays hitters, only Lourdes Gurriel (0-for-3), Teoscar Hernandez (2-for-6), Travis Shaw (1-for-1), and Randal Grichuk (.714 BA in 7 ABs) have faced Cobb before.

The other half of the equation is how the Orioles bats will do against last year’s Cy Young runner-up Hyun Jin Ryu , whom the Blue Jays signed in the offseason to a 4-year, $80 million deal.

Hanser Alberto 2B Anthony Santander RF Renato Núñez 1B Pedro Severino DH Pat Valaika LF Rio Ruiz 3B Bryan Holaday C Andrew Velazquez SS Cedric Mullins CF

Cavan Biggio 2B Randal Grichuk CF Travis Shaw 3B Teoscar Hernández RF Rowdy Tellez 1B Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. DH Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. LF Joe Panik SS Danny Jansen C

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