In the last of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (8-7) and the Baltimore Orioles (8-7) at the Rogers Centre, Drew Hutchison (1-0, 7.20 ERA) and Chris Tillman (2-1, 5.52 ERA) get the ball. The Blue Jays won the last game 4-2 and Toronto leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 7:07 p.m. ET on Thursday, Apr. 23 and will air on MASN2 and RSN.
Hutchison is 4-1 with a 3.25 ERA against the Orioles in his career, but is up against a solid Baltimore offense that's hitting .271 on the year. Devon Travis (.388, 10 Rs, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Blue Jays, Tillman is 4-7 with a 4.68 ERA. He gets a strong Toronto offense that's batting .263.
Toronto, a -133 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Baltimore. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Blue Jays have a 4-5 record and overall money line at -185. They have a 6-5 record SU and are 3-3 as favorite within their division. The Blue Jays come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the AL, averaging 5.9 runs per game. The Blue Jays rank third in the majors in extra base hits with 51.
Moving on to the away team, the Orioles come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (3-4) and an overall money line of +27. Against fellow AL East members, they are 7-7 SU and 3-4 as the underdog.
The Blue Jays are 4-1 against the Orioles this season. This game will feature Tillman (RHP) on the mound against the Blue Jays, who have a 5-7 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Hutchison will take the mound against the Orioles, who have a 6-5 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Blue Jays hold a 7-5 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Orioles' record in these matchups is 7-8.
In extra innings, the Blue Jays are 1-0.
The Orioles are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Blue Jays have a record of 3-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When outhit, both the Blue Jays and the Orioles have records of 0-5.
Toronto ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs with 21 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at second with 20.
Toronto and Baltimore both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Toronto sits at fifth with 8.71 hits per game and Baltimore ranks fourth with 9.21.
Toronto and Baltimore both rank in the top five of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Toronto sits at fifth with an OPS of .783 and Baltimore ranks fourth with an OPS of .790.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 4-5. When the Blue Jays allow one or more homers, they have a 7-4 record.