Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles face off for an early start on Monday for game one of their series. The Blue Jays are -120 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays are playing out a very disappointing season and the have the chance to play spoiler in this series against Baltimore. The Blue Jays are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 33-32 at home this season, and they are 16 games back in the American League East. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .245 with Edwin Encarnacion hitting .288, Brett Lawrie hitting .282, and Yunel Escobar hitting .253. As a team the Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.53 with the starters at 4.76 and the bullpen at 4.11. For game one against the Orioles Toronto starts J.A. Happ who has won his last three decisions. Since being traded to the Blue Jays Happ has allowed 28 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 37 over 35.1 innings of work for a 4.58 ERA.
The Baltimore Orioles control their own destiny as they own the second Wildcard spot in the American League. The Orioles are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 37-29 on the road this season, and they are just two games out in the American League East. As a team the Orioles are hitting .244 with Nick Markakis hitting .300, Adam Jones hitting .283, and Chris Davis hitting .256. As a team the Orioles pitching staff has an ERA of 4.05 with the starters at 4.61 and the bullpen at 3.06. For game one at Toronto Baltimore starts Joe Saunders who lost his first start as an Oriole. In his first start in Baltimore Saunders allowed 10 hits and six earned runs over 5.1 innings at home against the White Sox.
Toronto is 2-5 in their last seven games against a left handed starter, 9-24 in their last 33 games overall, and 7-16 in their last 23 games as an underdog. Baltimore is 8-2 in their last 10 games against the AL East, 7-2 in their last nine games overall, and 10-4 in their last 14 road games against a team with a losing record. Baltimore is 13-44 in their last 57 games in Toronto.
While the Orioles are the better team betting on Joe Saunders in never a solid option and the Jays are a strong play here.
Toronto Blue Jays -120 Baltimore Orioles