David Price (13-5, 2.47 ERA) gets the ball for the Toronto Blue Jays (76-58) as they meet Mike Wright (2-3, 4.99 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (65-69) in the second of a three-game series at the Rogers Centre. The Orioles won the last game 10-2 and Baltimore leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 1:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and will air on MASN and RSN.
In his last start, Price pitched 7.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out nine and walking one in a 4-2 loss to the Indians. Jose Bautista (.244, 89 Rs, 31 HRs, 89 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. The Orioles were unsuccessful the last time Wright pitched. He tossed 1.0 innings, allowing zero runs in an 8-7 loss to the Tigers. Chris Davis (.255, 78 Rs, 40 HRs, 100 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Orioles, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. The Blue Jays have an SU record of 27-23 against teams in their division. The Blue Jays have the most prolific offense in the entire AL, averaging 5.5 runs per game. They have been very patient at the plate, leading the AL with an average of 3.4 walks per game. As for the pitching staff, the Blue Jays rank second in the AL in home ERA with a 3.15 team average. The Blue Jays don't give up many hits at home to opposing batters at the Rogers Centre, leading the AL with only 7.6 hits allowed per home game.
Against teams in their division, the Orioles are 27-26 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 3.2 runs per game, below their 4.3 season average. The Orioles are known for their power, smashing 177 home runs. The last 10 games have really brought the worst out of the Baltimore pitchers. They allowed 5.8 runs per game during that span, which is higher than their season average of 4.1.
The Blue Jays have gotten the best of the Orioles in head-to-head matchups this season, going 7-6. This game will feature Wright (RHP) on the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 57-45 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The left-handed Price will take the mound against the Orioles, who have a 17-17 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
The Blue Jays are 27-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Orioles are 28-26 against their division.
Baltimore has won 53% (24-21) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won 59% (35-24) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Blue Jays have a 1-6 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 47-13. The Blue Jays have a 60-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking first in runs, Toronto has earned 732 this season. Baltimore ranks eighth with 586 runs.
Ranking first in walks, Toronto has earned 461 this season. Baltimore ranks 25th with 320 walks.
The Blue Jays are 69-29 when they hit at least one home run. The Orioles perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 58-36 record.