Bud Norris (15-8, 3.65 ERA) and Mark Buehrle (13-10, 3.39 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (2-1) and the Toronto Blue Jays (2-1) at Camden Yards. Action begins at 3:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and can be seen on RSN and MASN.
Norris is 4-0 with a 2.36 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts against the Blue Jays. When pitching against the Orioles, Buehrle is 8-10 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 81 strikeouts. Edwin Encarnacion (.417 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Blue Jays, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Baltimore is a -120 favorite against Toronto and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Orioles, who rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts per game with 8.7.
In games where it is the underdog, Toronto has a 1-1 record and an overall money line of +19. Toronto is excellent at drawing walks with 4.0 per game, ranking fourth in the AL.
Predictions: SU Winner - TOR, O/U - Over
The Orioles and the Blue Jays both hold records of 2-1 against the AL East Division this season.
The Blue Jays are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Orioles have a record of 1-1 when they are struck out that many times or more.
Toronto ranks in the top 10 of the league at ninth when it comes to home runs, hitting three this season. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fifth with four.
Baltimore and Toronto both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Baltimore sits at 10th with 5.67 hits per game and Toronto ranks sixth with 6.50.
Ranking 17th, Toronto is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.590). Baltimore ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .635.
When the Blue Jays allow at least one home run, the team is 2-0. Baltimore has the same record when it allows one or more homers.