In the last of a four-game series between the Toronto Blue Jays (34-30) and the Baltimore Orioles (36-25) at the Rogers Centre, Aaron Sanchez (5-1, 2.91 ERA) and Ubaldo Jimenez (3-6, 6.21 ERA) take the mound. The Blue Jays won the last game 11-6, and Toronto leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 1:07 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 12 and will air on MASN and RSN.
In his most recent outing, Sanchez pitched 8.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out 12 and walking one in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Michael Saunders (.302, 31 Rs, 11 HRs, 23 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Orioles were victorious the last time Jimenez pitched. He pitched well, going 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking three in a 9-1 victory over the Royals. Manny Machado (.306, 45 Rs, 16 HRs, 39 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The Blue Jays are a -170 favorite with a total of 9.5.
Pick - Bal
The Blue Jays hold a 21-17 record this season against teams in the AL East Division. The Orioles' record in these matchups is 14-10.
Toronto has won 46% (12-14) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 70% (19-8) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Blue Jays who are heading in with a 1-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Blue Jays are 6-21. The Orioles have a 12-19 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Baltimore has hit 94 this season. Toronto ranks fifth with 83 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Baltimore is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 195 this season. Toronto ranks in the top five at fourth with 234.
The Blue Jays are 29-16 when they hit at least one home run. The Orioles perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 28-13 record.