Slugfest Makes For An Exciting 'Over' Pick In Blue Jays vs. Orioles

Drew Martin

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:03 PM UTC

Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2016 5:03 PM UTC

Camden Yards gets ready for a soring slugfest as our expert capper recommends an 'over' MLB pick for tonight's Blue Jays vs. Orioles Game.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles play host to the Toronto Blue Jays tonight in the middle showing of a three game set. Jays’ Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey squares off against Ubaldo Jimenez, and while both pitchers have had their fair share of ups and downs throughout their respective careers, they share a common challenge tonight as they try to tame two talented lineups in a hitter-friendly ballpark. Keep reading to find out what the MLB odds boards have to show on this match-up.


R.A. Dickey
Dickey, the former Cy Young Award winner, is coming off a rough outing where he allowed four runs, two of which were earned, and six hits with four walks over 4 2/3 innings in Fridays' 5-3 loss to the Red Sox. He struggled with control issues and could not keep his knuckleball consistently in the strike zone, a problem that created far too many hitter’s counts. Dickey has posted an abysmal 7.45 ERA in his past two starts, and hasn't pitched past the fifth inning in any of his three outings this year. That does not bode well for him when looking at the O’s lineup.  


Ubaldo Jimenez
Similarly, Ubaldo Jimenez is also trying to bounce back from a poor performance in his last outing. The right-hander gave up four runs on six hits, with four walks, over five innings Wednesday in a 4-2 loss at Boston. The lack of control was disappointing, as well as surprising, considering Jimenez didn't issue a walk in the seven innings of his first start. If the 32 year-old Dominican cannot find his control against the Blue Jays tonight, he looks to be in for a rough evening. With the Blue Jays lineup gaining steam, engineered by Jose Bautista’s streak of reaching base safely in each of the first 15 games, Jimenez cannot issue free passes and expect to have a solid outing.


Toronto Blue Jays
As mentioned, the Blue Jays are heating up, and are winners of three straight. Having been boosted by signs of life from their offense, which has underperformed to this point in the season, the Jays are beginning to look like the World Series contenders they were projected to be. Troy Tulowitzki had a two-run double last night and Bautista's seventh-inning RBI single extended the Blue Jays' lead, ensuring that Toronto could manage to hold on for a 4-3 victory in the series opener. Last night’s hits in key spots from the middle of the Jays’ lineup may be the spark this lineup needs to get back to its 2015 level. Keep in mind, the Jose Bautista/Edwin Encarnacion/Josh Donaldson trio was the best in baseball last season, accounting for 120 homers and 348 RBIs and lead Toronto to its first playoff appearance since 1993, so there is no reason to believe that the slow start is anything but the collective team getting back into the swing of things.


Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles have now played in 12 games, have totaled 450 plate appearances, and the offense is off to the hottest start in all of baseball, having posting a .877 team OPS to start off the 2016 campaign. Chris Davis is 6 for 25 with two homers and eight strikeouts lifetime against Dickey, while Manny Machado is 5 for 16 with two doubles. The strength of both lineups vs the opposing pitchers projects to a high scoring slugfest in Camden Yards. I recommend a wager on the over as your MLB pick for tonight in this AL East matchup.

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Free MLB Pick: Over 9
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