MLB Expert Picks: Baltimore and Toronto Resume Their Heated Rivalry on Tuesday
by Matt Cash @MattCashCapper
Baltimore and Toronto are two teams that simply don’t like each other. Led by fiery leaders Manny Machado and Jose Bautista, the two teams disdain runs deep and that should make for an extra spicy mid-week matchup between these two AL East foes.
The Baltimore Orioles have not had a good month with a 10-14 record that has seen them fall off the lead in the division. But they did just take two of three from Tampa Bay and are now 5-4 in their last nine.
The pitching has been terrible with a Major League worst 6.91 team ERA this month. That’s 1.46 runs worse than 14th place Oakland. There is not one starter with an ERA below 5.93 on the month and seven relievers with at least three appearance have an ERA above 6.
It’s helped to overshadow the work of a couple of red-hot offensive players in Trey Mancini (.365-7-19) and Jonathan Schoop (.337-8-24).
Toronto Blue Jays is looking to string together a few wins after a recent dip. This team has fought hard to get back to .500 and into contention after being ten games below in early May. They’ve been within a game of .500 six times this month but haven’t made it over the hump. Most recently they went 3-4 on their road trip, splitting a four-game set with Texas and losing two of three to the Royals over the weekend.
The pitching staff has a 4.95 ERA this month while the once formidable offense continues to struggle with 3.95 RPG in June.
Justin Smoak is one except as he’s having a career year with 20 home runs and he’s hitting .363-8-14 in June.
Kevin Gausman (3-7, 6.47 ERA) is one of those struggling Orioles starters with an 8.02 ERA in June. He’s pitched just 21.1 innings in four starts and allowed 19 runs. Baltimore has lost his last three starts scoring just six runs. Last time out it was a 5-1 decision to the Indians where he allowed three runs in 5.2 innings, Gausman’s best start of the month.
Joe Biagini (2-6, 4.45 ERA) was shifted to the starting rotation when Aaron Sanchez went down and he’s been mostly excellent. But his last two starts have been a struggle, allowing ten earned runs in 6.2 innings. The Blue Jays have lost four of his last five starts, but they did win 7-5 over Texas last time in spite Biagini allowing four runs in 5.2 innings.
- Baltimore is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games
- Baltimore is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
- The total has gone OVER in 15 of Baltimore’s last 21 games
- Toronto is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games
- Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto’s last 12 games
Cash It In: Toronto are -162 favorites and the Orioles +141 underdogs. These are two teams with real question marks on the mound lately, but it’s especially hard when you’re the Orioles allowing almost seven runs a game. Toronto 7-4.