The Baltimore Orioles being at the bottom of the American League East is a shock to very few people, but the signs of life their pitching has shown has been beyond many’s expectations. They will try to have their arms engineer an upset of the Toronto Blue Jays on the road on Thursday.
Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays (-260, 8.5)
The Blue Jays send ace Kevin Gausman to the mound, who’s 5-5 record is deceiving. He has allowed just two home runs in 70 2/3 innings, during which he’s posted a 2.67 ERA and 1.75 FIP — which indicated he’s actually been more elite than his ERA shows. Gausman also leads qualifying American League starters with a 7.7 strikeout to walk rate.
The Orioles counter with Tyler Wells, who has been solid with his command, issuing just 1.8 walks per nine innings while posting a 3.86 ERA. He’s given up three runs or fewer in each of his last 11 starts and two runs or fewer in nine of those outings.
The Orioles back him up with a bullpen that ranks seventh in the league in ERA. Four of their relievers have appeared in at least 24 games and posted an ERA of 1.74 or lower.
The Blue Jays have allowed three runs or fewer in 20 of their last 29 games, and with the way the Orioles have pitched, the final game of this divisional series will have a scarcity of runs.
The Play: Orioles vs. Blue Jays Under 8.5
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