Toronto vs Baltimore MLB Game Information
A lot can change over the course of a 162-game season, with dominant teams falling while those that were sputtering early on finally coming to dominance. One of the most dramatic second half turnarounds ever has been witnessed by MLB betting fans in Toronto, with many now viewing the Blue Jays as the team to beat in the postseason. The Jays will welcome in the Baltimore Orioles this weekend, with the opening game of the series set for Friday.
Toronto Blue Jays vs Baltimore Orioles MLB Game Information
Date/Time: Friday September 4, 7:07 PM ET
Venue: Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada
TV: MASN 2
Radio: 105.7 The Fan
Opening Lines: Toronto -167, Baltimore +165
The Toronto Blue Jays (76-57) have turned into an unstoppable force since the trade deadline, having made a number of moves that seems to have totally transformed the clubhouse. Not only are the Jays continuing to score runs at a ridiculous rate, they have also, for the most part, solved the pitching and bullpen issues that plagued them in the first half of the season. This is a team that can beat you in a bunch of different ways, but it’s the bats that are probably the most feared. It seems that everyone is hitting right now, but Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson in particular are lighting it up at the plate.
The lead atop the AL East is pretty slim at just a game and a half, but with a series versus the Yankees coming up soon, that gap could well widen. Drew Hutchison (13-2, 4.87 ERA) is coming into this one on a 4-game winning streak.
The Orioles (64-69) are seeing their challenge for the final Wild Card spot start to sputter. They are now 6.5 games off the pace, brought on in large part by only being able to win 2 of their last 14 games. Many of those losses have been of the frustrating variety, as the O’s have made a rather nasty habit of losing games by a single run. A little bit of a killer instinct might well have put this team in a much better position heading into the final few weeks.
They are unlikely to get any help here, as they are running into a team who are on fire, and who are simply casting all challengers aside. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-9, 4.34 ERA) will be trying to break out of a 2-game losing skid when he starts on Friday.
Key Betting Trends
- Baltimore is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
- Baltimore is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
- Toronto is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Baltimore
- Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Baltimore
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto’s last 6 games when playing at home against Baltimore
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
Given how the Orioles have been playing of late, it’s tough to see them getting much out of this series. The Jays can smell the blood in the water, and this might well be the series where they kill off Baltimore’s slim playoff hopes.