Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays Free Pick - 9/24/13
Toronto Blue Jays (71-85) at Baltimore Orioles (81-75)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Todd Redmond (R) (4-1) (3.857) vs. Chris Tillman (R) (16-7) (3.705)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -160 / Toronto Blue Jays +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, MASN
The Toronto Blue Jays head to Camden Yards looking to end the playoff hopes of the Baltimore Orioles.
Toronto opened the vault and spent some money on a number of free agents but their record tells us how that has worked out. The Blue Jays are last in the American League East and will miss the postseason with consistency at the plate and on the mound missing. The bats were quiet Monday which squandered solid pitching in a 3-2 defeat to the White Sox. JA Happ wasn't great with all three runs plated on eight hits over five frames with the pen holding the fort. The offense came down to a solo home run of the bat of JP Arencibia and RBI single from Ryan Goins. The Blue Jays hand the ball to Todd Redmond to control the dangerous Baltimore offense on Tuesday. Redmond will get the job done if he can match his last two starts where he has allowed two runs in 13.1 innings.
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The fading Orioles are on the verge of dropping out of the postseason conversation with the team playing poorly at the worse possible time. The Birds playoff hopes took a hit again on Tuesday in a 5-4 defeat at Tropicana Field for loss number five in a row. The offense has been fading for quite awhile but Tuesday's loss was just poor relief pitching. Starter Wei-Yin Chen gave up two runs in 4.1 frames before Brian Matusz gave up a pair of runs in the 7th to blow a 4-2 lead while Tommy Hunter took the loss with a walk off homer served up in the 9th. Chris Davis smacked a two run bomb and Brian Roberts went solo to lead the attack. Chris Tillman is scheduled to be on the mound Tuesday provided his ankle is 100%. Tillman is the team leader in wins but hasn't been as effective his last ten times out where he has gone 1-4.
I wouldn't be thrilled in backing either team with the Orioles postseason hopes hanging by a thread not factoring in to my thinking. I'll back the O's but too much juice for a floundering team...