In the first of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (71-59) and the Toronto Blue Jays (74-56) at Camden Yards, Wade Miley (8-10, 5.51 ERA) and Marco Estrada (7-6, 3.47 ERA) take the mound. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on MASN and RSN.
In his last start, Miley pitched 5.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one in a 10-8 victory over the Nationals. Manny Machado (.309, 91 Rs, 31 HRs, 81 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one run. The Blue Jays were unsuccessful against the Angels 8-2 the last time Estrada pitched. He went 5.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out four and walking three. Josh Donaldson (.294, 105 Rs, 33 HRs, 91 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Blue Jays, going 3 for 4 yesterday with three runs, three home runs, and four RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. Against teams in the AL East, the Orioles have a SU record of 27-23. The Orioles are a power hitting team with an MLB-best 204 home runs. Below average play has been the norm lately for the Baltimore pitchers. The Orioles have given up an average of 7.5 runs to opponents in their last 10 games, above their season average of 4.7 runs per game.
Against teams in their division, the Blue Jays are 29-22 SU. They sport the third-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.9 runs per game. Toronto is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 441 extra base hits. Toronto has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an AL-best 3.7 walks per game. Toronto's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.1. They have a WHIP of 1.231, fifth best in the MLB.
The Blue Jays have mostly come out on top against the Orioles in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 7-6 record. The Orioles will take on a right-hander (Estrada) in this game and have a 53-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The left-handed Miley will take the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 19-18 record against lefty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR
The Orioles are 27-23 against their divisional rivals, while the Blue Jays are 29-22 against their division.
Toronto has won 53% (29-26) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 61% (35-22) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Orioles who are heading in with a 26-17 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 47-9. The Blue Jays have a 59-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Baltimore has earned 615 this season. Toronto ranks fifth with 640 runs.
Ranking 22nd, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 368 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at third with 487.
The Orioles are 59-38 when they hit at least one home run. The Blue Jays perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 66-33 record.