The trade deadline in the MLB is the time of the year when the top teams turn to the strugglers and try to pick off their best talent in exchange for money or young prospects. Many of the teams in the mood to sell are in a period of rebuilding, so the opportunity to dump some salaries and pick up some young guys that could become part of the rebuilding process is a deal that is usually too good to turn down.
From this point forward, do not be surprised to see some of those prospects play out the remainder of the season in the big leagues. With nothing left to play for, many teams decide that now is a good time to give their young guys some real-world experience. We may well be seeing some of that in this series, as both the Orioles and the Blue Jays are very much in the rebuilding phase. The Blue Jays are favored by 1 ½ on Thursday night, with the run total set at 10 ½.
How to Bet Blue Jays vs Orioles MLB Spread & Prediction
- When: Thursday, Aug 1 at 7:05 PM EST
- Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore
- Starting Pitchers: Thornton vs. Wojciechowski
- TV: MLB Extra Innings
- Radio: 105.7 The Fan
- Live Stream: MLB.tv
- MLB Spread: Toronto Blue Jays -1.5 (Total 10)
Why bet on the Toronto Blue Jays?
The Blue Jays were very much in a selling mood at the trade deadline, which is no real surprise given that their rebuilding efforts have been in full swing for a couple of seasons now. They have actually seen things take a bit of an upswing of late, as they come into this one on a modest 3-game winning streak after sweeping the Kansas City Royals.
Going against another MLB bottom feeder here might just help Toronto get on a real positive run, although they are just 4-5 in their regular-season series versus the Orioles. Overall, Toronto is 23-33 SU on the road, but they are a solid 5-2 ATS as a road favorite. The Blue Jays are on a streak of covering the spread in each of their last 5 games. They will have Trent Thornton (3-7, 55.45 ERA) on the mound for this one.
- Runs: 4.42
- Hits: 7.94
- Walks: 3.10
- Strike Outs: 9.07
- Runs: 5.13
- Hits: 9.23
- Walks: 3.69
- Strike Outs: 8.23
Why bet on the Baltimore Orioles?
To no-one’s real surprise, the Baltimore Orioles have had themselves a brutal season to this point, posting a rather unspectacular 36-71 record. Camden Yards, which used to be one of the toughest places to go and get a win has now become a bit of an easy trip, with the Orioles going just 15-36 in their own ballpark.
Much like the Blue Jays, though, Baltimore has actually been showing some signs of life of late, going 6-4 in their last 10 games, with 5 of those wins coming in a tough California road trip. They have been a great bet ATS as they have covered in 7 of their last 10 games. Overall, though, the Orioles are just 17-30 ATS as a home underdog. They will have Asher Wojciechowski (2-3, 3.60 ERA) on the mound as the starter.
- Runs: 4.39
- Hits: 8.44
- Walks: 2.69
- Strike Outs: 9.21
- Runs: 6.08
- Hits: 9.35
- Walks: 3.56
- Strike Outs: 7.74
Blue Jays vs Orioles MLB Betting Trends
- Blue Jays are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games against an opponent in the American League
- Orioles are 6-13 SU in their last 19 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 5 games this season
- Blue Jays are 75-116 against the money line after a win over the last 3 seasons
- Orioles are 83-186 against the money line in all games over the last 2 seasons
- Thornton is 1-1 when starting against BALTIMORE with an ERA of 2.45 and a WHIP of 1.182
- Wojciechowski is 0-1 when starting against TORONTO with an ERA of 7.56 and a WHIP of 1.321
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This series has been tight all season, so there is no reason to expect anything different here. I like the Blue Jays to come out and get the win, and I also think that they might just cover, too.
Score: Toronto Blue Jays 6 – Baltimore Orioles 4