Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.62 ERA) and J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.19 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (71-60) and the Toronto Blue Jays (75-56) at Camden Yards. The Blue Jays won the last game 5-1, and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on MASN and RSN.
Jimenez pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run and striking out four in a 4-0 defeat to the Nationals. Happ went 5.0 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out six and walking one in a 6-3 defeat to the Angels in his last outing. Josh Donaldson (.294, 106 Rs, 34 HRs, 92 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Toronto takes on Baltimore as a -140 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 10 runs. Though the Orioles have had a solid season in terms of their overall money line (+981), they've have done poorly as an underdog with a record of 24-38. Baltimore has recorded a disappointing 2-5 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Orioles lead the MLB in home runs with 205. Baltimore's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.5 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.7.
Over in the other dugout, Toronto is coming in with an overall money line of +186 and an impressive record of 61-37 as the favorite. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 5-2 record and a 6-4 record SU. Offensively, they average 4.9 runs per game, which is good for second in the AL. The Blue Jays have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 443 extra base hits. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with an AL-best 3.8 per game. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Blue Jays are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.226 for the season.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 8-6. The Orioles have an 18-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Happ takes the mound. Jimenez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Blue Jays, who have a 55-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Orioles are 27-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Blue Jays are 30-22 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Blue Jays have a 22-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 9-44. The Orioles have an 18-47 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs this season with 205. Toronto ranks in the top five at second with 192.
Ranking 12th, Toronto is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.55 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 8.98.
Ranking sixth, Toronto is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.771). Baltimore ranks in the top five with an OPS of .772.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, they are 46-42. When the Orioles allow one or more homers, they have a 41-48 record.