Baltimore Orioles (17-41) vs Toronto Blue Jays (26-33)Date : 06/07/2018
Time : 7:10 pm EST
Location : Rodgers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Baltimore Orioles vs Toronto Blue Jays
Game 1 of a 4-game set between the visiting Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays will take place at 7:07 pm EST at Rodgers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Thursday night. The Blue Jays had lost 5-straight before an 8-4 road win versus the Detroit Tigers on 6-3-2018 got them back into the win column. The Jays, nonetheless, continue to occupy 4th place within the AL East division. The Orioles, on the other hand, are in last place within the division and continue to have a disastrous season losing not only 9 of their last 11 games, but, lost 2 of 4 against the Yankees in their last series with 2 games being postponed due to weather conditions. This will be the 2nd meeting of the year amongst these two teams with the Blue Jays taking 2 of 3 earlier in the season in a 3-game set at Camden Yards on 4-11-2018.
Baltimore Orioles's Latest Performance :
The Baltimore Orioles come into this matchup having lost their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Recently, after a 4-game road series loss against the Boston Red Sox on 5-20-2018, the O’s followed this up by tying a 4-game set on the road against the White Sox on 5-24-2018. They would follow this effort up by losing a 3-game road set against the Rays on 5-27-2018 while also getting swept in the following series in a 3-game home set versus the Washington Nationals on 5-30-2018 after a 2-0 loss in the finale. Their opening matchup at home against the Yankees on 5-31-2018 was postponed due to weather conditions, however, the O’s lost both game 2 and 3 with the latter being an 8-5 defeat on 6-2-2018.
For the season, the Orioles average only 3.71 runs per game (29th) with a team batting average of .231 (27th), 68 homers (13th) along with 17 stolen bases on the year (27th). Their pitching staff possesses an ERA of 5.00 (28th) with 456 strikeouts (26th) along with 26 quality starts (12th).
Manny Machado (.327 BA, 226 AB) has been the most effective offensive option for the Orioles this year. Meanwhile, Trey Mancini (.229 BA, 214 AB) and Adam Jones (.284 BA, 232 AB) have also been effective for the offensive attack.
Dylan Bundy (3-7, 68.2 IP, 69 H, 40 R, 16 HR, 20 BB, 83 SO, 4.46 ERA) and Kevin Gauseman (3-5, 70 IP, 81 H, 37 R, 13 HR, 17 BB, 66 SO) have pitched the most innings for the Orioles this season.
Toronto Blue Jays's Latest Performance :
The Blue Jays are losers of 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 4-1. Recently, Toronto would get a 3-game road series win over the Philadelphia Phillies on 5-27-2018. The momentum would not transfer to their current 3-game road set versus the Boston Red Sox as the Jays were outscored 22-10 in the set and were swept on 5-30-2018. On 6-3-2018, the Jays lost yet another series, this against the surging Detroit Tigers on the road.
For the season, the Toronto Blue Jays are averaging 4.58 runs per game (10th) with a team batting average of .229 (28th), 73 homers (8th) along with 22 stolen bases (24th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.77 (25th) with 491 strikeouts (18th) along with 19 quality starts on the season (26th).
Kevin Pillar (.259 BA on 220 AB), Justin Smoak (.258 BA on 190 AB), and Yangervis Solarte (.257 BA on 218 AB) have been the offensive spearheads for the Toronto Blue Jays this season.
Pitcher JA Happ (7-3, 70.2 IP, 34 R, 60 H, 10 HR, 20 BB, 87 SO with an ERA of 4.08) has been the most consistent pitcher for the Blue Jay’s bullpen this year. Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 66.1 IP, 36 R, 61 H, 8 HR, 38 BB, 50 SO with an ERA of 4.48) has also been a pivotal piece to the rotation, despite his lackluster performances this season.
How Baltimore Orioles & Toronto Blue Jays Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Orioles are 20-38 ATS while the O/U is 26-31-1. On the other hand, the Blue Jays are 30-29 ATS while the O/U is 29-24-6.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be interesting in that you have two division teams that represent the cellar of the division, yet, each trying to certainly pick up some wins in this series, starting with the opener on Thursday. The pitcher for the Orioles have not been announced, however, Jaime Garcia (2-4) will be coming to the mound on Thursday looking to halt a string of losses and no-decisions in his past few outings. In his last 3 starts, he has given up 11 runs on 18 hits, yet, seeks to get back to his once solid pitching approach against a struggling Orioles squad. Mark Trumbo (1-3) and Danny Valencia (.667 BA on 3 AB) have the most experience and success with the O’s lineup against Garcia in the past.
Totals Selection: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Simply due to the identity of Baltimore’s pitcher being unknown, I will choose the under in this contest. The Under has been the play in 3 of Garcia’s last 4 starts and due to the Orioles lineup being as cold as ice at this point, I feel as if he will certainly be able to neutralize their bats in which to allow under to be achieved. Furthermore, the under has been prevalent in 4 of the last 5 home games for Baltimore which signifies that it is indeed a great choice to make for this particular matchup.
Betting trends for Baltimore Orioles:
- Betting trends for Baltimore Orioles
- The Orioles are 7-4 in last 11 road games
- The Under is 6-4-1 in Orioles last 11 road game
Betting trends for Toronto Blue Jays:
- Betting Trends for Toronto Blue Jays
- The Blue Jays are 1-6 in last 7 home games
- The Under is 6-2-2 in Blue Jays last 10 home games