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Baltimore Orioles (37-88) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (56-69)
Where and when: Rodgers Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday, 12:35 pm EST
The finale of a 3-game set between the lowly Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays will conclude on Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 pm EST at Rodgers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Orioles continue to be in the cellar of the AL East while the Blue Jays are 4th place in the division. In game 1 of this outing, the Jays would take the 5-3 home win as they would cash in on the money line (-170) while the under was the play with runs being set at 9 for the game. Marco Estrada (7-9) would pick up the win as he would pitch 5.1 innings while allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and a homer for an ERA of 4.88 for the game while Andrew Cashner (4-11) would suffer the loss for Baltimore as he would last 6 innings while allowing 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 homers for a 4.84 ERA. Kendrys Morales would go 2-4 for the night with 4 RBI’’s in the win while Kevin Pillar would also go 2-4 with an RBI. Chris Davis and Renato Nunez would both have an RBI apiece for the Orioles in defeat. The win halted a 4-game losing skid for the Jays while for the Orioles, the loss was their 2nd straight.
Hess Seeks to Halt Current Losing Skid on the Mound
David Hess (2-7) will come to the hill for Baltimore in the finale looking to end a streak of losses and no decisions on his resume in 2018. In his last outing, he would pitch 6 innings while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, a homer, along with 4 k’s in a 2-1 tough-luck loss at the Cleveland Indians on 8-17-2018 while in his last start versus the Blue Jays, he would last 6 innings while allowing 1 run on 5 hits along with a homer in a 5-4 road loss on 6-7-2018. In all, he is credited with 10 earned on 15 hits over his last 14.3 innings while the team is 1-9 in his last 10 starts overall. The over has been the play in 3 of his last 4 starts while Hess has also allowed 4 homers in his last 3 outings. He has an ERA of 6.00 in his last 3 appearances on the mound for the O’s.
Justin Smoak, Luke Maile, Teoscar Hernandez, and Aledmys Diaz are a combined 0-8 against Hess in their careers while Curtis Granderson (1-3) and Randal Grichuk (1-2) have had a bit of success against the righty lifetime.
Pannone To Make 1st Start Versus Orioles
Thomas Pannone (0-0) will make his first start of 2018 after some appearances in relief recently with the goal of making a great impression while also continuing his team’s winning streak against the O’s, altogether. In his last outing, he would pitch 1.1 innings while allowing no runs or hits in the Jays 10-2 road loss against the Yankees on 8-19-2018. This will be his first matchup versus the Orioles, however, in his last 4 relief appearances, he would be charged with 2 earned on 3 hits over 3.4 innings while the team is 1-3 in his last 4 outings on the mound.
- TOR is 7-20 in their last 27 Wed. games
- TOR is 3-7 in their last 10 games on AstroTurf
- TOR is 3-7 in their last 10 home games
- BAL is 18-61 in their last 79 road games
- BAL is 6-20 in their last 26 games on AstroTurf
- Under is 19-7 in BAL last 26 on AstroTurf
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Actually, if the Orioles ever had a decent chance at finding a win in this series, they would like to get it in the finale as Hess has had much success against the bulk of the major hitters for the Toronto lineup. Nonetheless, when one comes back down to reality, he/she will conclude that the Blue Jays have owned this series. And while the Orioles may indeed keep this matchup tight, I will certainly be looking for them to collapse at some point in the game (either early or late). With that being said, I will back the Jays in the finale and they have proven that they have the talent in which to beat the Orioles consistently.
Prediction: Pick: Toronto Blue Jays
Full-Game Total Pick
Again, the over has been the call in 5 of the last 7 games for the Blue Jays while the over has been the result in 7 of their last 12 home games overall. Since the Jays will have most, if not all, the momentum during this series, I expect them to attempt to feel out Hess early in the matchup while getting to him within the middle innings. With the Baltimore staff allowing runs like candy in their recent outings (75 total in last 11 games), one must expect the Jays to capitalize on inconsistencies at the mound. Also, keep in mind that the Jays have allowed 86 runs in their last 14 games.
Prediction: Pick: Over
Full-Game Prop Bet
While the Blue Jays may indeed pull out a slim victory in this contest on Wednesday afternoon, I have a feeling that with Hess on the mound, the O’s have decent chance at the win as well. He has pitched well against this Toronto lineup while the opposing pitcher has very little experience as a starter in the big leagues and will certainly have some growing pains early on. Take the Orioles to keep this close.
Prediction: Pick: Baltimore Orioles +1.5
First Five Innings Side Pick
I happen to believe that both teams will get some runs early, however, the O’s should have a decent hitting night as I do not see Toronto’s pitcher advancing long into this matchup. With that being said, I will take the O’s to obtain a few more hits than the Blue Jays in which to posses a slim lead after 5 innings on Wednesday.
Prediction: Pick: Baltimore Orioles +0.5
First Five Innings Total Bet
When a pitcher with as much success as Hess against the Blue Jays lineup along with Pennone coming to the mound with little to no experience against the opposing lineup, I would be incline to take the over after 5 innings. Nonetheless, these 2 teams represent the basement of their respective division and have struggled mightily from the mound as well as at the plate. With that being said, I will play in safe and back the under as the strong pick after 5.
Prediction: Pick: Over 5.5
First Five Innings Prop Prediction
While I feel as if the Orioles will have a decent showing in this matchup, it will be up to their bullpen to lose as Hess will certainly be as solid as ever against the Blue Jay lineup. Nonetheless, after 5 innings, I will back the Orioles to claim a slim advantage in the run department due to early runs given up by their pitcher. In all, I will most certainly back the Orioles to show some fight early on in this AL East contest.
Prediction: Pick: Baltimore Orioles +150