Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles meet for the rubber match of their three game series on Thursday in Toronto. The Blue Jays are -165 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
After dropping game one of the series the Toronto Blue Jays used a combination of the bats and outstanding pitching to blank the Orioles in game two. J.P Arencibia hit a home run, Yunel Escobar and Eric Thames each had two hits, and Jose Bautista had a hit and drove in a run as the Blue Jays squandered some chances but converted 10 hits into three runs. On the mound Ricky Romero was nothing short of outstanding as he scattered four hits and struck out nine over 8.1 innings of work to pick up his eighth win of the season while Jon Rauch came on to retire the final two batters and picked up his eighth save of the year. For Thursday’s series finale Toronto starts Carlos Villanueva who has a loss and three no decisions in his last four starts, all games the Jays lost. For the season Villanueva has allowed 80 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 61 in 90 innings of work.
The Baltimore Orioles surprised a lot of people by taking it to the Blue Jays on Tuesday but on Wednesday they must have left their bats back at the hotel as they never solved Ricky Romero on the mound. Adam Jones had two hits and Matt Wieters and Derek Lee each had a hit but Baltimore was unable to get anyone across the plate with their four hits. Alfredo Simon bailed himself out of trouble several times but not enough as he allowed seven hits and three earned runs while striking out seven over five innings to take his fourth loss of the season. For Thursday’s game Baltimore starts Bradley Bergesen who won last time out holding the Angels to two runs. For the season Bergesen has allowed 87 hits and 47 earned runs while striking out 47 over 76.1 innings of work.
Toronto is 9-3 in their last 12 games against a right handed starter, 6-2 in their last eight against a team with a losing record, and 4-0 in Villanueva’s last four starts against a team with a losing record. Baltimore is 6-15 in their last 21 games against a right handed starter, 7-20 in their last 27 games overall, and 2-11 in Bergesen’s last 13 starts. Baltimore is 14-42 in their last 56 games in Toronto.
While there wasn’t a ton of scoring in game two, look for plenty in this one as it goes over the total. Take over the 9.5 run total.