Going into game three of this AL East showdown, the Blue Jays (59-49, 29-23 home) are giving the start to Yusei Kikuchi. On the other side, the Orioles (66-41, 34-20 away) are rolling with Grayson Rodriguez. Don’t miss my prediction for today’s Baltimore Orioles versus Toronto Blue Jays game in Toronto.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles +108
This game will be played at Rogers Centre at 7:07 ET on Wednesday, August 2nd.
WHY BET THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
- Over their last five games on the road, Baltimore has a straight-up record of 3-2.
- The Blue Jays come into this matchup on a three game home losing streak.
- Opponents are hitting just .155 against Grayson Rodriguez in his last two starts.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
The Orioles enter today’s action with an overall record of 66-41, putting them in first place in the AL East. So far, they have put together a 32-21 record at home and 34-20. Baltimore’s overall series record stands at 19-11-3.
Grayson Rodriguez has had a mixed season thus far for the Orioles, with an overall record of 2-2 in 13 appearances. His ERA stands at 6.21, while his K/9 rate is 10.11 and FIP is 5.04. Additionally, opponents have a .349 OBP when facing the right-hander.
Despite going the distance in his last outing, Grayson Rodriguez was unable to secure a win for the Orioles in their 1-0 victory over the Yankees. The right-hander allowed no runs on three hits over 6 1/3 innings of work, but was not rewarded with a decision.
For the season, the Orioles’ offense is averaging 4.9 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 4th in the league in scoring, with a total of 30 runs. Overall, Baltimore’s team batting average is .251, putting them 10th in the MLB.
Ryan Mountcastle has been a major contributor to the Orioles’ offensive success this season, boasting a .252 batting average and .462 slugging percentage. Over the past ten games, he has been particularly impressive, leading Baltimore in hits with a .476 batting average.
WILL THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Entering game 109 of their season, the Blue Jays are 7.5 games out in the AL East and are in 3rd place. So far, their overall series record stands at 21-12. Toronto’s road winning percent is currently 53.6% (30-26) compared to 55.8% at home (29-23).
Yusei Kikuchi is having a successful season thus far, with an 8-3 record in his 22nd appearance. His ERA stands at 3.79, and he has limited opponents to a .248 batting average. On the road, Kikuchi is 4-1 with a 4.28 ERA, while he has gone 4-2 at home with an ERA of 4.12. Teams have managed to slug just .441 against him this season.
Yusei Kikuchi was victorious in his last outing, guiding the Mariners to an 8-1 victory over the Dodgers. He tossed six frames of one-run ball, surrendering seven hits in the process. The quality start was a welcome sight for Seattle, as it improved Kikuchi’s record to 4-2 on the season.
In their five most recent games, the Blue Jays have put together a batting average of only .213, placing them 24th compared to the rest of the league. At 4.5 runs per game, Toronto is 14th in the MLB. This figure has come on a team batting average of .260 and OPS of .749 which has them 10th in baseball.
Whit Merrifield has been a major contributor to the Blue Jays’ offensive success this season, as evidenced by his nine home runs and .300 batting average over the course of the year. The second baseman has been especially impressive in recent games, leading the team with three homers in their last ten contests.