The Orioles (7-8) look to save face and keep pace in the AL East Division as they look to avoid getting swept by the Blue Jays (8-7) in this 3 games series. See who's our MLB pick in this matchup.
First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m. ET tonight at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This is a pretty dead even matchup as MLB odds lists the Blue Jays as a -121 betting favorite and the total for the game is listed at 8.5 runs.
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I have been doing well thus far as I'm starting to get a good feeling of where things are at in the MLB. However, this could be my biggest test to date. I don't expect to lose. Let's see if I can feed the betting public another "W".
What's Happened To the O's?
When I look at their roster, injuries of guys like J.J. Hardy and Matt Weiters certainly haven't helped, but this is a weaker team than they were in the past. You start off with the obvious. The Orioles no longer have the services of PED Poster Boy, Nelson Cruz, who is killing it in Seattle. that's the biggest loss on this team by far.
Then you go to Chris Davis, who had a monster year with the bat two seasons ago. Last season, he could barely hit his weight while taking a substance that isn't MLB approved. Davis isn't the player that we all thought that he could have been. Mix that in with an average pitching staff and you're going to see average results.
The Orioles do however start their ace, Chris Tillman, in tonight's matchup. Tillman (2-1, 5.52) has had 2 good outings and 1 really poor outing this season.
He's coming off of a very solid 4-1 win in Boston. Tillman allowed just 1 run and 6 hits. The only negative to the game is that it took him over 100 pitches to make it through 5 1/3 innings.
The bullpen will be needed whether he does well or pitches poorly as Tillman doesn't go deep into game. Tillman also has the unenviable task of facing the quartet of Reyes at the leadoff spot, Travis in the 2 hole, and sluggers Donaldson and Encarnacion in the 3rd and 4th spots in the lineup.He has the luxury of not facing the best home run hitter in the MLB recent times in Jose Bautista. Bautista is out with a shoulder injury while throwing the ball.
Rookie of the Year?
Don't say that to highly touted Cubs 3rd baseman, Kris Bryant, but Devon Travis is quietly having a great start to the season. The Jays sure don't miss Melky Cabrera as Travis is hitting .388 with 4 HR and 14 RBI in just 49 at bats. Travis is coming off of a 3 for 4 outing in which he hit a home run in a victory over the Orioles. Travis is also 8 for his last 18 at bats with 2 HR and 5 RBI. This Blue Jays lineup is loaded and I could see Chris Tillman having some possible problems especially in enemy territory.
One unexpected player to keep an eye on for the Orioles is Jimmy Paredes. Paredes went yard yesterday and is 7 for 16 this season.
The pitching matchup is the real thing that scares me. WIth that said, I'm a momentum player and the Blue Jays simply have the better hitting club and the betting odds are appealing, so add Blue Jays to your MLB picks tonight.
MLB Pick- Toronto -121 at 5 Dimes