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Toronto Blue Jays: Will Kyle Drabek Prevent a Baltimore Orioles Sweep?

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 10:  Kyle Drabek #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox April 10, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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Bill FordCorrespondent IIIApril 15, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays are in danger of being swept by the Baltimore Orioles after suffering two consecutive losses.

Today's game will be a battle between Toronto's starting pitcher Kyle Drabek and Baltimore's starting pitcher Brian Matusz beginning at 1:07 p.m.

The Orioles have come close to sweeping two teams this season, taking two out of three games against the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox.

Baltimore has had a difficult time over the last five years in Toronto, going 7-29 against the Blue Jays. As it stands now, the Orioles are in first place in the AL East. Clearly, that doesn't mean a great a deal so early in the season, but they appear to be strong for now.

Drabek will be on the mound today for his second start of the season. In his first game, he gave up three hits and one run, and he recorded four strikeouts with a 1.69 ERA in 5.1 innings pitched.

While many believe that Drabek could fall into the same trap that he did last season, becoming frustrated in difficult situations and overthrowing the ball, all signs so far indicate that he has overcome those obstacles.

Drabek worked diligently during the offseason and spring training to correct and refine his pitching mechanics, and he has strengthened mentally. He has solid command on the mound and of his pitches.

Confidence on the mound has a huge significance on a pitcher's performance, and Drabek has certainly developed and rebuilt his confidence this year.

With the threat of a sweep today, Toronto is in a good position having Drabek on the mound to protect the Blue Jays.

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