Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/15/14
Toronto Blue Jays (77-71) at Baltimore Orioles (89-60)
MLB Baseball: Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)
Marcus Stroman (R) (8-5) (3.078) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (L) (15-4) (3.589)
The Line: Baltimore Orioles -129 / Toronto Blue Jays +119 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SNET, MASN 2
The Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game series Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The Toronto Blue Jays have won five of their last seven games and are six games above a .500 record. The Blue Jays continue to rely on their offense, scoring four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Blue Jays have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Bautista has hit in eight of his last 10 games and Adam Lind has six RBIs in his last two games. The Toronto Blue Jays have an ERA of 4.01, which is 24th in the majors. Starting is Marcus Stroman, who is 10-5 with a 3.61 ERA and has 97 strikeouts in 114.2 innings. This will be Stroman’s first career game against the Orioles.
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The Baltimore Orioles have won seven of their last eight games and are 29 games above a .500 record. The Orioles pitching is carrying the load during this stretch, allowing three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. Overall, the Baltimore Orioles have an ERA of 3.50, which is ninth in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 14 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Nelson Cruz has hit in eight of his last nine games and Steve Pearce has an RBI in four of his last seven games. Wei-Yin Chen takes the mound, and he’s 15-4 with a 3.59 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 168 innings. Chen is 0-2 with a 8.10 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays are 2-5 in Stromans last 7 road starts and 7-3 in Stromans last 10 starts overall. The Orioles are 5-0 in Chens last 5 home starts and 4-1 in Chens last 5 starts overall.
The Blue Jays need this game to have any chance of improving their playoff chances, while the Orioles are coming off an emotional win over the Yankees. When you add in the fact Chen has been crushed the Blue Jays in his career, I like Toronto and the plus money.