Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles meet on Thursday for game one of their four game series in Toronto. The Blue Jays are -160 favorites over the Orioles with an over/under run total set at 9.5.
The Toronto Blue Jays still are mot living up to their preseason expectations and if they don’t put it together soon the hole will become too deep to dig themselves out of. The Blue Jays are 6-4 in heir last 10 games, 11-13 at home this season, and they are in last place in the AL East, 9.0 games back. As a team the Blue Jays are hitting .242 with Melky Cabrera hitting .280, Jose Bautista hitting .275, and Edwin Encarnacion hitting .250. The Blue Jays opponents are hitting .266 and the Toronto pitching staff has an ERA of 4.77. For game one the Blue Jays start Brandon Morrow who had a no decision against the Orioles back in April. For the season Morrow has allowed 49 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 35 over 45.1 innings for a 1-3 record and a 5.16 ERA.
The Baltimore Orioles were mired in a six game losing streak but they have bounced back and won their last two games. The Orioles are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 14-9 on the road this season, and they are in third lace in the AL East, 3 games back. As a team the Orioles are hitting .265 with Chris Davis hitting .329, Manny Machado hitting .322, and Adam Jones hitting .316. The Orioles opponents are hitting .252 and the Baltimore pitching staff has an ERA of 4.28. For game one at Toronto Baltimore calls up Rookie Kevin Gausman who makes his first major League start. Gausman was the number four overall pick in the 2012 baseball draft and he is 2-4 with a 3.11 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 46.1 innings in Double-A Bowie this season.
Toronto is 7-3 in their last 10 games against a right-handed starter, 6-1 in their last seven home games, and 5-2 in Morrow’s last seven starts. Baltimore is 4-1 in their last five road games, 2-6 in their last eight games, and 21-10 in their last 31 road games against a team with a losing record. Baltimore is 15-45 in their last 60 games in Toronto.
I expect to see some runs on the board here and I have this one going over the total.