Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays meet on Thursday for game three of their series at Camden Yards. The Orioles are -115 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Baltimore Orioles are clearly a better team than they were a year ago and they have a chance for the sweep of the Jays with a win on Thursday. On Wednesday Wilson Betemit hit a solo home run, Chris Davis hit a solo home run, and Mark Reynolds had two hits and the Orioles scored three runs on seven hits. On the mound Jason Hammel continued his own personal transformation winning for the third time in as many starts as he allowed four hits and struck out seven over seven shutout innings and Pedro Strop earned his second save of the year. For Thursday’s game Baltimore starts Brian Matusz who has lost all three of his starts this year. For the season Matusz has allowed 22 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 11 over 14.2 innings of work for a 7.98 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays started the night on Wednesday in a four way tie for first place in the A. L. East and they ended the night a game back in the standings. Eric Thames had two hits, Jose Bautista had a hit, and Brett Lawrie had a hit as the Blue Jays had six hits total for the game and failed to score a run. On the mound Kyle Drabek allowed five hits and two earned runs while striking out three to take his first loss of the year. For Thursday’s game Toronto looks to avoid being swept as they start Drew Hutchison who got the win in his lone Major League start. In his last outing Hutchison allowed eight hits and five earned runs while striking out four over 5.1 innings of work for a 8.44 ERA.
Baltimore is 8-3 in their last 11 home games against a right handed starter, 20-7 in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record, and 0-5 in Matusz’s last five home starts. Toronto is 4-2 in their last six road games, 5-2 in their last seven games as a favorite, and 2-6 in their last eight games against the A.L. East. Toronto is 28-13 in the last 41 meetings of these two.
There wasn’t much offense on Wednesday but we should see plenty on Thursday as this one goes over the total.