Aaron Sanchez (0-2, 6.23 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (7-7) and the Baltimore Orioles (7-7) at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays won the last game 13-6 and Toronto leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 22 and can be seen on MASN2 and RSN.
Sanchez is 0-1 with a 5.62 ERA in his appearances against the Orioles, and goes up against a quality Baltimore offense which is batting .276 this season. Josh Donaldson (.345, 11 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Jimenez is 4-3 with a 4.01 ERA when pitching against the Blue Jays. He is up against a good Toronto offense which is hitting .259 this season. Adam Jones (.442, 12 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Toronto is a narrow -109 favorite at home against Baltimore. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently eight runs. The Blue Jays have recorded an overall money line of -285 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 3-5. Toronto is a disappointing 2-5 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Blue Jays are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 48.
In games where it is the underdog, Baltimore has a 3-3 record and an overall money line of +127. They are 3-3 as the underdog against AL East opponents, and 7-6 SU. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Orioles are the best in the AL with an average of 6.8 hits allowed per game.
The Blue Jays lead the season series, 3-1. The Blue Jays have a bad 1-5 record at home (4-7 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Jimenez takes the mound. Sanchez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 6-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
This season, the Orioles hold an even 7-7 record against AL East teams. The Blue Jays sit at 6-5 against these opponents.
Baltimore has won 50% (2-2) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Toronto has won all of its games (4-0) when taking a late lead.
The Blue Jays are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 3-6 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When outhit, the Blue Jays and the Orioles both have records of 0-5.
Both Toronto and Baltimore are tied at first in home runs, hitting 19 this season.
Ranking seventh, Toronto is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 8.15 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.00.
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 .775 and Baltimore ranks fourth with an OPS of .796.
The Orioles are 4-4 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Blue Jays are 6-4 when they allow at least one homer.