The Orioles (77-48, 36-24 home) host the Blue Jays (70-56, 38-29 away) in game two of this AL East series. Getting the start for the Orioles is Jack Flaherty while the Blue Jays are turning to Kevin Gausman. Read on to get my best bet for this Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays matchup.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS VS BALTIMORE ORIOLES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles +105
This game will be played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7:05 ET on Wednesday, August 23rd.
WHY BET THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
- The Orioles have gone 7-3 in their ten games at home.
- So far, the Orioles are 8-3 against the Blue Jays this season.
- Across Jack Flaherty’s 23 starts, the Orioles have put together a record of 14-9.
CAN THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS PULL OUT A WIN AS ROAD FAVORITES?
Coming in with an overall record of 70-56, the Blue Jays are winners of four straight games. Through 39 series, they are 23-14-2 and in 3rd place in the AL East. At home, they have gone 32-27 compared to 38-29 on the road.
Starter Kevin Gausman has been a reliable presence for the Blue Jays this season, with an overall record of 9-7 in 24 appearances. His ERA stands at 3.24, while his K/9 figure is 11.66 and his FIP is 2.84. Opposing batters have had difficulty getting on base against Gausman, as evidenced by his .278 OBP.
Kevin Gausman suffered a defeat in his most recent start against the Phillies, surrendering seven runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. The Blue Jays ultimately fell to Philadelphia 9-4.
Offensively, Toronto is ranked 16th in the league with an average of 4.5 runs per game. When looking over their last ten matchups, the Blue Jays averaged 4.8 runs per contest, which is 10th best in that span. In terms of their power numbers, Toronto is 12th in all of baseball, with a total of 147 home runs.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been one of the Blue Jays’ most potent offensive forces in 2023. The third baseman is batting .268 with 72 RBIs and 18 home runs on the season.
WILL THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Orioles head into today’s game looking to build on their above .500 record at home (36-24). Their overall record of 77-48 has them placed 1st in the AL East. Through 39 series, the Orioles are 23-13-3.
Jack Flaherty takes the mound for Baltimore with a 8-8 record. He has made 23 appearances so far this season, boasting a 4.73 ERA and 9.1 K/9 rate. His FIP stands at 4.25 and his OBP is .361.
Jack Flaherty’s most recent start against the Padres ended in a 10-3 loss for the Orioles. The right-hander was unable to make it through the contest, surrendering seven earned runs on four hits in a truncated outing.
Across their last five games, the Orioles’ offense is 5th in batting average, leading to an average of 6.6 runs per contest in that span. Overall, they are the 7th ranked scoring offense and posted a season-long OPS of .742 on 145 (13th). On average, they have struckout 8 times per game compard to 3.2 walks.
Gunnar Henderson has been a bright spot in the Orioles’ offense over their last five games, leading the team with a .463 batting average. The 2023 season has seen him hit .249 and drive in 61 runs.