Drew Hutchison (13-2, 4.87 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 4.34 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (76-57) and the Baltimore Orioles (64-69) at the Rogers Centre. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4 and can be seen on MAS2 and RSN.
Hutchison pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out seven in a 15-1 win over the Tigers. Josh Donaldson (.304, 104 Rs, 36 HRs, 111 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 3 for 4 with two runs and three RBIs. Jimenez went 5.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out three and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Chris Davis (.253, 76 Rs, 38 HRs, 97 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Orioles, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, two home runs, and three RBIs.
The odds for Toronto and Baltimore are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Toronto has a record of 27-23 SU. The Blue Jays have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in offense with 5.5 runs per game. Toronto leads the whole AL in walks, earning an average of 3.4 per game. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to the Rogers Centre have been stifled by the Blue Jays, who have a team ERA of only 3.15 at home. The Blue Jays are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.6 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
The Orioles are 27-26 against AL East opponents. Offensively, the Orioles have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 4.3 runs per game by averaging 3.2 during that stretch. The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 173 home runs. The Orioles allow 4.1 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.8 runs per game during that span.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 7-5. The Blue Jays have a 57-45 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Jimenez takes the mound. Hutchison (RHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 47-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tor
The Blue Jays hold a 27-23 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Orioles' record in these matchups is 27-26.
When leading after 7 innings, Toronto is 35-24, while Baltimore is 24-21.
The Orioles managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 26-9 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 46-13. The Blue Jays have a 60-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to runs with 730 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 576.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to walks with 454 this season. Baltimore ranks near the bottom at 25th with 319.
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 57-36 record.