In the last of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (72-60) and the Toronto Blue Jays (75-57) at Camden Yards, Yovani Gallardo (4-6, 5.69 ERA) and Aaron Sanchez (12-2, 2.99 ERA) take the mound. The Orioles won the last game 5-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and will air on MASN and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Gallardo pitched 1.1 innings, giving up eight runs (one unearned) and walking one in a 14-4 loss to the Yankees. Manny Machado (.306, 92 Rs, 32 HRs, 83 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Blue Jays were victorious the last time Sanchez pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing five runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking one in a 6-5 victory over the Indians. Josh Donaldson (.294, 106 Rs, 34 HRs, 92 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Baltimore, a +144 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Toronto. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. The Orioles are in an interesting position this season. While it has a notable overall money line (+1,118), its record as the underdog (25-38) is less impressive. They have a SU record of 28-24 against teams in their division and a 16-19 record when they were the underdog in those games. The Orioles lead the majors in home runs with 208.
Moving on to the opposing team, the Blue Jays come into this game with a solid win percentage of .616 when playing as the favorite (61-38) and an overall money line of +39. Against divisional rivals, they are 30-23 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 22-14 record. They sport the second-ranked offense in the AL, averaging 4.9 runs per game. The Blue Jays are known for their bats, hitting 445 extra base hits. The Blue Jays average 3.8 walks per game, making them the most disciplined team in the AL. Shifting to the pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.226 on the year, good for fourth in the league.
The Blue Jays have mostly come out on top against the Orioles in their previous 15 games this season, earning an 8-7 record. This game will feature Sanchez (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 53-42 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Blue Jays will be the right-hander Gallardo. They sport a 55-39 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Orioles hold a 28-24 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Blue Jays' record in these matchups is 30-23.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Blue Jays have a 19-19 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 9-44. The Orioles have an 18-47 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Baltimore has hit 208 this season. Toronto ranks second with 193 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Toronto is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.54 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five with 8.95.
Ranking sixth, Toronto is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.770). Baltimore ranks in the top five with an OPS of .772.
The Blue Jays are 46-43 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Orioles are 42-48 when they allow at least one homer.