Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays face off in an afternoon game on Monday in Baltimore for game one of a double header. The Orioles are -200 favorites over the Blue Jays with an over/under run total set at 8.5 runs.
The Baltimore Orioles are fighting for the AL East title and for a Wildcard spot so every game for them is big from here on in. The Orioles are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 42-32 at home this season, and they are a game back in the AL East and are the top team in the Wildcard standings in the American League. As a team the Orioles are hitting .248 with Nick Markakis hitting .298, Adam Jones hitting .287, and Chris Davis hitting .264. As a team the Orioles pitching staff has an ERA of 3.98 with the starters at 4.54 and the bullpen at 3.03. For game one against the Jays Baltimore starts Steve Johnson who makes his third start this year. For the season Johnson has allowed 16 hits and six earned runs while striking out 37 over 28.1 innings of work for a 1.91 ERA.
The Toronto Blue Jays are having their worst season in recent memory and in a best case scenario they can get out of the basement in the American League East. The Blue Jays are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 30-47 on the road this season, and they are 22 games back in the AL East. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .243 with Edwin Encarnacion hitting .281, Brett Lawrie hitting .274, and Yunel Escobar hitting .255. As a team the Blue Jays pitching staff has an ERA of 4.6 with the starters at 4.89 and the bullpen at 4.25. For game one against the Orioles Toronto starts Henderson Alvarez who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Alvarez has allowed 201 hits and 95 earned runs while striking out 69 over 175.2 innings of work for a 4.87 ERA.
Baltimore is 8-1 in their last nine game one of a series, 18-6 in their last 24 home games, and 6-1 in their last seven opening games of a double header. Toronto is 18-37 in their last 55 road games, 0-5 in their last five games against the AL East, and 1-6 in Alverez’s last seven starts against a team with a winning record. Toronto is 1-4 in the last five meetings of these two.
This one looks to be one sided and the Orioles look to be an outright layup.
Baltimore Orioles -200 Toronto Blue Jays