Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 4/23/14
Baltimore Orioles (9-10) at Toronto Blue Jays (11-9)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Rogers Centre)
Chris Tillman (R) (2-1) (1.709) vs. Dustin McGowan (R) (1-1) (4.846)
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -122 / Baltimore Orioles +112 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: MASN2, SNET
The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays continue their series at the Rogers Centre Wednesday.
Baltimore needs to get going in a tough American League East but they fell to 5-5 in their last ten following a 9-3 defeat at Toronto. The relief pitching shouldered the blame in this one after starter Miguel Gonzalez gave up three runs (two earned) over 5.2 frames to get a no decision. Evan Meek absorbed the loss with four runs plated in 1/3 of an inning with Josh Stinson allowing two more in 2/3 of an inning. The bats produced eight hits and walked five times but they were not clutch except for Nelson Cruz who cranked a three run bomb for a 3-0 lead. Right hander Chris Tillman gets the starting nod versus the Blue Jays who he faces for the second time in 2014. Tillman dropped a 2-0 decision in the first match up with two unearned runs allowed in eight frames.
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A late scoring burst carried the Blue Jays past visiting Baltimore 9-3 Tuesday night in an early American League East battle. Toronto has avoided the slow start of a year ago with their tird win in four contests with the question being whether the good times continue going forward. RA Dickey seemed to be at the top of his game with five scoreless innings before giving up a three run homer in the 6th which ended his night and gave him a no decision. Four relievers tossed shutout ball with a six run 8th carrying the offense. The Jays posted nine hits with five free passes with Melky Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie leaving the yard and totaling three RBI's apiece. Dustin McGowan makes his fourth start of the 2014 campaign and second against Baltimore. McGowan won this same battle 2-0 on the road where he tossed a five hit shutout over 6.1 innings.
Tillman is the best the Orioles have and McGowan is sort of an unknown to me. The O's need this in my opinion but I'm not impressed by their uneven start to the year so take this for what it's worth...